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Hearing into fatal mobile crane firm to be held

Barry and Ann Copeland with their daughters Ciara and Niamh
Image caption Barry Copeland's wife Ann and daughters Ciara and Niamh died in the crash

A hearing into a haulage company whose mobile crane was involved in a crash in which a mother and her two children died is to be held next week.

Ann Copeland, 45, and daughters Ciara, seven, and Niamh, 10, from Johnshaven, died after their car skidded on the A92 in Aberdeenshire in January 2008.

A fatal accident inquiry heard hydraulic oil had leaked from a crane.

Scotland's Traffic Commissioner will hold the hearing into Ellon-based William Whyte Cargo Handling Ltd.

Barry Copeland, who lost his wife and daughters, welcomed the investigation.

He wants MOTs on mobile cranes to be compulsory.

He was last year honoured for his work to improve mobile crane safety, when the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health awarded him a certificate of merit.

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