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Moray man who killed man by careless driving given temporary reprieve

Glenn Craib

A Moray lorry diver who admitted causing the death of a pensioner has been given a temporary reprieve – but told he must take “some responsibility” for the accident.

Glenn Craib was transporting Christmas trees in a HGV out of Careston in November 2015 when he approached the junction with the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road.

He attempted to get across into the southbound carriageway but was unable to do so because of oncoming traffic and left the rear end of his vehicle in the opposite side of the dual carriageway.

It was then struck by an oncoming white Skoda driven by Witold Solski.

The 65-year-old, of Dundee, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Craib, of Cockmuir Place in Elgin, was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving but after the first day of his trial at the High Court in Aberdeen this week, he admitted the lesser charge of careless driving.

He accepted that his vehicle had encroached the part of the northbound carriageway when it was struck by the oncoming car.

Yesterday, Judge Morris deferred sentence on Craib and allowed him to keep his driving license in the meantime.

Defence advocate Jonathan Crowe told the court yesterday: “My client had been a HGV driver for 20 plus years and had driven more than three million miles without any accidents.”

Judge Morris told the 46-year old that he would almost certainly not be given a custodial sentence.

He said: “I will allow you to keep your license for now but do not drive it to court when you are sentenced.

“It was a very tragic accident for which you must bear some responsibility.

“I will put your mind at rest as it is a long time before you will return to court.

“To give a custodial sentence I have to be satisfied that it is the only appropriate disposal and I am not satisfied of that in this case.”

Craib will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on August 16.

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Driver who caused Dundee man’s death may not face jail

A Moray lorry diver who admitted causing the death of a pensioner has been given a temporary reprieve – but told he must take “some responsibility” for the accident.

Glenn Craib was transporting Christmas trees in a HGV out of Careston in November 2015 when he approached the junction with the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road.

He attempted to get across into the southbound carriageway but was unable to do so because of oncoming traffic and left the rear end of his vehicle in the opposite side of the dual carriageway.

It was then struck by an oncoming white Skoda driven by Witold Solski.

The 65-year-old, of Dundee, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Craib, of Cockmuir Place in Elgin, was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving but after the first day of his trial at the High Court in Aberdeen this week, he admitted the lesser charge of careless driving.

He accepted that his vehicle had encroached the part of the northbound carriageway when it was struck by the oncoming car.

Yesterday, Judge Morris deferred sentence on Craib and allowed him to keep his driving license in the meantime.

Defence advocate Jonathan Crowe told the court yesterday: “My client had been a HGV driver for 20 plus years and had driven more than three million miles without any accidents.”

Judge Morris told the 46-year old that he would almost certainly not be given a custodial sentence.

He said: “I will allow you to keep your license for now but do not drive it to court when you are sentenced.

“It was a very tragic accident for which you must bear some responsibility.

“I will put your mind at rest as it is a long time before you will return to court.

“To give a custodial sentence I have to be satisfied that it is the only appropriate disposal and I am not satisfied of that in this case.”

Craib will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on August 16.

Moray lorry driver accused of killing man by driving dangerously on A90

Glen Craib

A Moray lorry driver has gone on trial accused of causing the death of a man by driving dangerously on a north-east road.

Glen Craib was transporting Christmas trees in a HGV vehicle in November 2015 when he approached the junction with the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road coming out of Careston.

As he was entering the dual carriageway he crossed the lane to head south and stopped in the central reservation, leaving a part of his vehicle hanging over into the direction of oncoming traffic.

And while he waited for traffic to clear his vehicle was struck by an oncoming white Skoda driven by Witold Solski.

Sixty-five-year-old Mr Solski from Dundee was pronounced dead at the scene.

And yesterday Craib appeared in the dock at Aberdeen High Court to face trial accused of causing the pensioner’s death by dangerous driving.

The 46-year-old, of Cockmuir Place in Elgin, denies the charge.

Giving evidence on the first day of the trial police constable Jack Swindles, who was one of the first officers on the scene, took to the witness stand to describe what awaited him when he arrived at the crash.

Advocate depute Ashley Edwards asked him what he saw.

He said: “I saw a man in the driver’s seat. The seat was reclined fully into the rear. I checked to see if there were any signs of life. His eyes were open but he was not blinking. I checked for reaction however there was none. There was saliva coming out of his mouth.”

She then asked him what he did next.

The 27-year-old said: “I came back to my police vehicle, traffic was still moving.

“People were coming out of the Careston junction onto the northbound road and entering the junction from the south.

“I stayed at the junction and directed traffic away.

“Later I was approached by a man asking me if he could cross southbound part of the road to enter his lorry.

“At first I thought the car had been involved in a crash with the tractor but he told me his vehicle was involved.”

Barry Tait, who had been driving a tractor on the same side of the road as Mr Solski when the collision took place, was also called to give evidence.

Ms Edwards asked him what speeds he was travelling at.

He said: “I go at 30mph on the road.”

He was then asked what he saw as he approached the junction.

He said: “I saw the lights of a lorry approaching the A90.

“At that stage I did not see any other traffic coming in a northbound direction.

“The road was busy in a southbound direction. The lorry stopped in the central reservation.

“I then saw a car overtake me, I was surprised that it didn’t return to the inside lane.”

Ms Edwards asked how much of the lorry was left on the side of the road he was travelling on.

He replied: “About four feet.”

When asked what proportion of the road was taken up by this he struggled to give an answer.

He said: “It was only in the outside lane.”

She then asked if the car swerved before the collision.

He said: “No, it just carried on in a straight line until it hit the lorry.”

Craib’s defence agent Jonathan Crowe asked him to clarify how far away he was from the junction when he first saw the lorry to his left.

He said he was about 200 yards away.

The trial, before Judge Morris, continues.

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Moray couple fear forestry traffic is destroying access to their home

A Moray couple claim they are being “held hostage” by forestry companies as the dirt track that leads to their home crumbles away due to constant HGV use.

During wet weather Andy and Susan Chadderton, who live at Tapp Farm near Dallas, become stranded on a virtual island as the route becomes impassable.

The family, who stay at the house with their 19-year-old son Ruairidh Smiley, now fear emergency vehicles could struggle to get to them if needed.

Gallons of water can pour down the slopes “like a waterfall” when it rains leaving the track swamped in up to six inches of mud.

The family have lived in the rural cottage since 2004 but say felling in recent months has made the situation almost intolerable as up to 17 trucks pass their home every day.

Forestry agents that work in the woods insist repairs to the track, sections of which belong to different land owners, are done when needed and timber loads are carefully managed.

Land owners in the wood also committed to drawing up a maintenance agreement for the track in November 2015.

But that remains to be written, nearly two years later.

Mrs Chadderton, 49, revealed that during bad weather she has resorted to checking the dirt road at 5am to ensure the family can leave their home.

She said: “It kind of feels like you’re being held hostage by no agreement being in place for the road.

“I’ve lost track of the amount of times I’ve had to replace shock absorbers and wish bones on the car that have been damaged due to the amount of pot holes.”

The couple live about a mile and a half from the road that runs from Dallas to Knockando.

During the winter the family will resort to leaving their cars at the end of the track to ensure they are able to get out.

Cracks regularly appear in the track with recent wet weather causing the surface to collapse into a ditch.

Outdoor activity instructor Mr Chadderton, 51, now intends to object to future felling licences in the wood in protest.

He said: “Selfishly, we’re thinking about safety for ourselves but it has knock-on benefits for everyone who works here.

“You don’t want to wish it, but if the track gives way and there’s a reportable injury to the Health and Safety Executive this will all be sorted out in seven days probably.”

Mr Chadderton added: “We realise there are downsides from living in such a rural location but we shouldn’t have to worry about access to and from our own home.”

The couple explained they were willing to contribute financially to the maintenance of the access road with the other land owners.

Steve Connolly, manager at Cawdor Forestry who fell in the wood, said haulage operations were “carefully planned” to minimise damage to the road.

He said: “Maintenance of the road is ongoing with work done soon after any timber harvesting and haulage operations and the costs shared between the owners as appropriate.

“The maintenance agreement will be a formal statement of what already happens in practice. We are committed to helping put an agreement in place but we need all the forest owners affected to be involved and at the moment two of the blocks of woodland are changing ownership.”

When approached for comment Stephen MacDonald, manager at Fountain Forestry, said that he agreed with Mr Connolly.

Agents Ribreck and Brook Forestry, who also operate in the wood, were approached to comment but did not respond.

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Man battling life-threatening injuries in hospital after smash with lorry at BP garage in Elgin

FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE

He was rushed to nearby Dr Gray’s hospital after being hit by the vehicle on West Road in the Moray town this afternoon.

A man is fighting for his life after being struck by a lorry on the A96 in Elgin.

He was left with life-threatening injuries after being hit by the vehicle on West Road near the BP petrol station around 1pm today.

He was rushed to nearby Dr Gray’s hospital.

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The road closure is expected to be in place for several hours while police carry out road collision investigations.

Local diversions have been put in place.


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Lorry hits bridge in Argyll and Bute causing major disruption on the rails for Friday morning commuters

MORE RAIL MISERY

A number of trains have been delayed and cancelled between Oban and Glasgow Queen Street with more misery to come

A LORRY that hit a bridge in Argyll and Bute is causing major disruption on the railways.

The HGV hit the bridge at Taynuilt and as a result, services between Oban and Glasgow have been either cancelled or delayed.

Commuters are facing delays on the Oban to Glasgow line

Commuters are facing delays on the Oban to Glasgow line

And operators ScotRail say that repairs won’t be completed before the end of service tomorrow.

Now commuters are facing disruption tonight and during tomorrow morning’s rush hour.

A ScotRail spokesperson said: “Train services between Oban and Glasgow Queen Street will be cancelled, delayed or terminated at and started back from Dalmally. Loch Awe, Taynuilt, Connel Ferry and Oban will not be served.

“Replacement transport will be on site at Dalmally and Oban. Sorry that it will take a little longer by road than by rail.

“If you have an onward connection to make please let a member of staff know.”

UPDATED: Due to a road vehicle colliding with a bridge at Taynuilt line is closed. Disruption is expected until the end of day on 20/01/17

— ScotRail (@ScotRail) January 19, 2017[1]

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