Dashcam footage has been released of the moment a lorry driver crashed into a broken down car on the A55.
Thomas Holland from Llangollen pleaded guilty to crashing his HGV into a Kio Sorento car at Rhuallt Hill last October. The crash left a grandmother, her daughter and two children from Huyton in hospital with injuries.
Mold Crown Court heard Holland had not realised the car was stationary with its hazard lights on until it was too late, although other drivers had safely overtook it. A tachograph reading revealed the lorry did not brake.
The defence said Holland had taken evasive action when the lorry started to jack knife and ensured the injuries were not catastrophic – but admitted what happened had been a ”source of great distress” to him.
Holland was fined £300 and given six penalty points on his licence, but was not disqualified. He must also pay £85 in costs and a £30 surcharge.
After sentencing, PC Robert Williams from the Roads Policing Unit at North Wales Police said: ”We were extremely lucky not to be dealing with a fatal road traffic collision and are thankful that all four occupants were released from hospital. This just shows that not paying attention when behind the wheel of any vehicle can have consequences.”