Lorry driver killed in A38 army van pile-up named

A crash which left a lorry driver died when three army vehicles and his truck collided on the A38 was an “extremely tragic” accident, an inquest has heard. Prior to his death, Derbyshire man John Windle was an experienced lorry driver of 30 years. Mr Windle had been driving for his employer, the Co-op, for eight years.

It was described as a “hugely important job” and the risk that came with his role was discussed by Assistant Coroner Matthew Kewley during the hearing. He commented that Mr Windle and other lorry drivers “any time they do their job face danger on the road”. Mr Windle was driving along the A38 northbound at Mickleover when a convoy of army lorries in front of him braked suddenly on September 29, 2021.

The accident caused major tailbacks on the A38, which affected traffic all the way back to Burton. Top Story: Girl, aged 8, heartbroken after being banned from riding ponies at stables A professional HGV driver since 1992, Mr Windle, of Ladybower Lane, Staveley, applied the brake firmly causing the front of his vehicle to dip forward and eventually crash into the back of one of the army vehicles.

The inquest heard that Mr Windle had been travelling at 52mph, which is below the national speed limit for the road. Sadly, there was insufficient space between the vehicles, causing the crash. A post-mortem examination concluded the medical cause of his death to be multiple injuries due to a road traffic collision, reports DerbyshireLive.

Mr Kewley said: “I offer my condolences in what is an extremely tragic situation. John was an experienced driver who every time he did his job faced danger on the roads, and unfortunately no matter how long you have been driving for, split-second decisions have to be made.” John Andrew Windle’s inquest was held at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, May 31, 2021.

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