Fatal Accident Caused by Driver Inattention According to Prosecutor

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The driver of a truck that was involved in a fatal accident on the 27th October 2011 appeared in the Geelong Magistrates Court on the 23rd of January where he was ordered to stand trial over the accident.

The accident happened on the Princes Highway near Buckley in Victoria at 2.25 in the morning. The truck driver had been traveling west on the Princes Highway in his logging truck that was empty when he crashed into a Daewoo car.

Both of the people that were in the car at the time of the accident were seriously injured and the passenger died at the scene of the accident.

The representative for the truck driver at the Magistrate’s Court hearing said that the cause of the accident could have been due to either aquaplaning or the truck’s trailer jack knifing.

This was disputed by Acting Sergeant Jenelle Mehegan from the Major Collisions Unit who stated that brake tests were conducted on the same day and in the same location as the accident demonstrated that it was not possible that the truck jack knifed.

Acting Sergeant Jenelle Mehegan also said that for the truck to have aquaplaned then all of the tires would need to have been simultaneously on the top of the water which was also not the case with this particular accident.

The prosecutor presented to the hearing that a report completed by a mechanic found that the truck was unroadworthy at the time of the accident however the brakes were functioning correctly.

The prosecutor suggested that the accident might have been caused by driver inattention.

The driver was told he would be standing trial at the Geelong County Court on the 8th March on counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury and dangerous driving causing death.

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