Glasgow bin lorry driver ‘sorry’ for his part in crash

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A Glasgow bin lorry driver whose vehicle killed six people when it careered out of control has apologised for his part in the tragedy.

Harry Clarke, 62, told the Mail on Sunday he is still “devastated” and said “not a day goes by” when he does not think about the crash which happened days before Christmas in 2014.

Mr Clarke, speaking a week before the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, blacked out while behind the wheel in George Square on 22 December.

He was blamed for the crash in an official inquiry because he had not revealed his medical history, which included an episode where he was said to have fainted while working in a previous job as a bus driver.

2014: The bin lorry mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians in Glasgow
Image: 2014: The bin lorry mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians in Glasgow

Mr Clarke told the newspaper: “I am devastated at what happened. There’s all these poor people that are not here and those who were injured.

“It has been made out that I don’t care about what happened. There’s not a day goes by I don’t think about it.

“I’m sorry for the part I played in 2014. It was an accident. If I thought for a minute it was all my fault I’d jump off a bridge.”

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Erin McQuade, 18, and her grandparents Jack Sweeney, 68, and Lorraine Sweeney, 69, from Dumbarton, were among those killed.

A coffin leaves the church after the funeral of Erin McQuade and her grandparents
Image: A coffin leaves the church after the funeral of Erin McQuade and her grandparents

Stephenie Tait, 29, and Jacqueline Morton, 51, both from Glasgow; and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh, also died in the crash.

A further 15 people were injured when the Glasgow City Council truck veered out of control.

It had travelled along the pavement in Queen Street before crashing into the side of the Millennium Hotel in George Square.

The inquiry heard evidence over five weeks at the city’s Sheriff Court in July and August 2015.

The probe heard that it took just 19 seconds for the tragedy to unfold.

Numerous members of the public saw Mr Clarke unconscious, slumped forward in the driver’s seat, during the course of the incident.

The inquiry also heard he had a history of health issues dating back to the 1970s – including a previous blackout in 2010 when at the wheel of a stationary bus – but had not disclosed his medical background to his employers or the DVLA.

Glasgow bin lorry driver Harry Clarke ‘sorry’ for his part in crash that left six dead

A Glasgow bin lorry driver whose vehicle killed six people when it careered out of control has apologised for his part in the tragedy. Harry Clarke, 62, told the Mail on Sunday he is still “devastated” and said “not a day goes by” when he does not think about the crash which happened days before Christmas in 2014.

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