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Inquest hears of fatal 'accident' as badger cleared

Fatal crash on A34
Image caption A police constable heard the screeching of brakes and the smell of burning rubber, the inquest heard

A lorry driver's death in a crash as police slowed down traffic to remove a dead badger was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Jose Antonio Castro-Gonzalez, 61, died when the Budgens lorry he was driving hit another HGV on the A34 southbound carriageway near Marcham, Oxfordshire.

Officers had shut the road to clear the animal carcass from lane two.

The inquest heard how a policeman heard the "screeching of brakes and the smell of burning rubber".

Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, recorded a verdict of accidental death. The crash happened on 21 February 2014 at 03:00 GMT.

Mr Castro-Gonzalez, who was from Bedford, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but died of his injuries.

Thames Valley Police carried out an investigation on the recommendation of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

No evidence of misconduct regarding either police officer involved in the incident was found.

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