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Third man charged in connection with Bath fatal tipper truck crash

Clockwise from left: Mitzi Steady, Phil Allen, Stephen Vaughan and Robert Parker were all killed in the crash, on 9 February
Image caption Clockwise from top left: Mitzi Steady, Phil Allen, Stephen Vaughan and Robert Parker were all killed in the crash on 9 February 2015

A third man has been charged in connection with a tipper truck crash which killed four people.

Peter Wood, 55, has been charged with unlawfully killing Mitzi Steady, four, Stephen Vaughan, 34, Philip Allen, 52 and Robert Parker, 59 last February.

They died after being struck by a Scania truck carrying aggregate on Lansdown Lane in Upper Weston, Bath.

Philip Potter, 19, and Matthew Gordon, 29, have previously appeared in court charged in connection with the crash.

Mitzi was walking with her grandmother on Lansdown Lane in Bath when she was hit by the Scania truck. The three others victims, from Swansea and Cwmbran, were in a taxi.

It struck a number of vehicles on the road before overturning on to a Volvo at the bottom of the hill, killing the three other victims.

Mr Wood, of Brooklands, Chippenham, appeared at Bath and Wansdyke Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with two counts of manslaughter.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "He was released on police bail to appear at Bristol Crown Court on June 10."

Mr Potter, of Little Middle Green Farm, Dauntsey, Wiltshire, faces two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Mr Gordon, of Chestnut Farm, Dauntsey, faces charges of aiding or abetting and one count of dangerous driving.

Potter and Gordon, have been bailed to appear at Bristol Crown Court for a pre-trial hearing on 1 July.

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