North West Wales

Second tragedy for family on A55

Emergency services deal with the aftermath of the collision
Image caption The accident happened at the mouth of the tunnel on the Llandudno side

A family suffered two road deaths on the the A55 in just 18 months, an inquest at Prestatyn has heard.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded on Frankie Clark, 23, from Llandudno, who died last October when his borrowed car crashed into a lorry near Conwy tunnel.

The year before his niece Chloe Clark, 10, died when her parents' car was hit by a lorry on the A55.

The inquest heard Mr Clark had left a party in Llandudno to buy more drinks.

His front seat passenger escaped with minor injuries but a woman sitting in the back was in intensive care for several days.

A police expert said the Peugeot 106 had been travelling at an estimated 66 mph when the driver lost control where a chicane and traffic cones led into a contra flow system at the tunnel's entrance.

The driver of the HGV lorry, travelling from Ireland to Heathrow airport, had no chance of avoiding the crash, the inquest was told.

It was noted that police were urging the Trunk Road Agency to modify the layout of the crossover system to improve safety during maintenance work.

A pathologist's report showed Mr Clark, a bricklayer, had two-and-a-half times the driving limit of alcohol in his blood, and there was a trace of cocaine.

He died from head injuries.

Image caption Chloe Clark died when a lorry struck her family's car on the A55

Recording his verdict, assistant deputy coroner Kirit Champaneria said all three in the car were wearing seat belts and the passengers probably owed their lives to this.

Chloe Clark died when a lorry struck her family's car after it broke down on the A55 at Rhuallt Hill, in February 2008.

The lorry driver was later cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.

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