North East Wales

Truck driver escapes ban after crash caught on dash cam

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionDash cam footage captured the moment the lorry crashed into the back of the car

A truck driver who crashed into a broken down car containing a grandmother, mother and two small children has been fined £300.

Thomas Anthony Holland, 61, admitted driving carelessly on the A55 at Rhuallt Hill on 28 October 2015, in an incident caught on dash camera.

Holland, from Llangollen, was given six penalty points at Flintshire Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

But magistrates did not impose a driving disqualification.

Image copyright North Wales Police

The prosecution said the broken down car with its hazard lights on could clearly be seen, and had been seen by other drivers who safely overtook it.

Defending Holland, Alun Williams said he saw the car ahead but did not realise it was not moving until it was too late and took last minute evasive action which avoided catastrophic consequences.

The court was told grandmother Lynn Gunn of Liverpool was driving her daughter Paula Arnold and her two grandchildren, aged nine and four, when their engine cut out.

They saw the truck approaching but thought the driver must have seen them, but the front wheel of the lorry came into the back of the car towards the children, and both women feared they would be killed.

The boy suffered a suspected hip fracture, Mrs Gunn broke a rib and Mrs Arnold had whiplash and both had cuts and bruising.

Holland must also pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.