Jail for lorry driver after M5 tragedy
A LORRY driver who killed two people after ploughing into a queue of cars waiting to leave a motorway has been jailed. William Cater, 48, missed four warning signs in the two miles before his faulty 35-ton truck smashed into one car — creating a domino effect for at least 12. The crash on the M5 at Taunton, Somerset in September 2018 killed Rod Walsh, 54, from Cheddar, and Joanne Jennings, 45, from Highbridge.
Their partners said they were devastated by the loss of their soulmates. Five other people were injured, two seriously.
Taunton crown court heard Cater, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, may have been distracted by objects in his cab.
He admitted causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury.
He was sentenced to nearly three years and given a 41-month driving ban.