Seatbelt might have saved farmer, 57, crushed by truck

A prominent farmer who was crushed to death under a 6.6-tonne vehicle could have survived if he had been wearing a seatbelt, a sheriff has ruled.

John Hamilton's truck careered down a hill before throwing him out and landing on top of him.

A fatal accident inquiry was told that the vehicle had faulty brakes and Mr Hamilton, who was discovered by his son Harry, rarely, if ever, wore the seatbelt.

He was a director of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and former president of the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association.

Mr Hamilton, 57, of Innerwick, East Lothian, died on March 24 last year at Nunraw North Lodge farm in Gifford, East Lothian, after losing control of the Merlo telescopic handler.

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