Truck driver held over crash deaths

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Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The driver of a 32-tonne tipper truck which struck and killed four people has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter by gross negligence.

Philip Potter, 19, from Brinkworth in Wiltshire, was transporting sand and gravel in Lansdown Lane in Upper Weston, Bath, Somerset, just after 4pm on February 9.

The Scania truck first hit and killed Mitzi Rosanna Steady, four, from Bath, and her grandmother, who remains in a critical condition in Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

It went on to collide with a number of other vehicles on the road before overturning on to a Volvo at the bottom of the hill – killing the three men inside.

They were Robert Parker, 59, from Cwmbran, and electricity company director Philip Allen, 52, and taxi driver Stephen Vaughan, 34, both from Swansea.

Avon and Somerset Police arrested Mr Potter and a 28-year-old man, believed to be his boss, this morning.

A force spokesman said: “We have this morning arrested two men following the death of four people in Bath last week.

“It follows the incident in Lansdown Lane on Monday evening (February 9) when a tipper truck carrying aggregate was in collision with a number of vehicles and two pedestrians,” the spokesman said.

“A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter by gross negligence.

“A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing manslaughter by gross negligence.

“Their arrests follow the deaths of four-year-old Mitzi Steady, from Bath, Robert Parker, aged 59, from Cwmbran, Phillip Allan, aged 52, from Swansea, and Stephen Vaughan, aged 34, from Swansea.

“The girl’s grandmother who was also injured in the incident remains in a critical condition in Southmead Hospital.”

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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