Distracted HGV driver 'was playing medieval fantasy game before fatal school minibus crash'

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Anne Kerr, 50, and Joe Cairns, 14, who died in a crash on the M58 in Lancashire (MEN)

A districted HGV driver who was using phone apps including a medieval fantasy game shortly before a multi-vehicle collision in which two people died has admitted death by dangerous driving.

James Marjury, 33, was also said to have used apps including Sky Sports and Facebook before the fatal crash on the M58 at Bickerstaffe, Lancashire, in January last year.

Preston Crown Court heard that the Majury collided with a minibus carrying pupils and staff from Pontville School, a special educational needs school in Ormskirk.

Joe Cairns, 14, from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, and staff member Anne Kerr, 50, from Southport, died from their injuries.

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Joe Cairns, 14, from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester also died. (MEN)

On Tuesday, Majury pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and five counts of causing serious injury.

Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said the Crown’s case was Majury was “voluntarily distracted” for a lengthy period up to and including the collision in which he reacted “no more than half a second” before impact.

Messages were also exchanged during the defendant’s journey on the morning of 8 January.

Majury was remanded in custody by Judge Robert Altham and told to expect a lengthy jail sentence on 31 March.


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Both prosecution and defence agreed that Majury’s actions were at the most serious end of the scale for such offending as he had showed a flagrant disregard for the rules of the road.

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