Bin lorry driver jailed for crash

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 June 2016


A bin man from Weston-super-Mare has been jailed for 18 months after he lost control of the truck he was driving, causing it to topple onto an oncoming van and crush the driver.

On September 9 last year, Christopher Wall, aged 45 and of Severn Road, was out collecting garden waste in North Somerset with his colleagues when the crash occurred.

Four people had to be taken to hospital and the A370 through Backwell had to be temporarily closed after the crash, which left debris strewn across the road.

At a hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Friday, the judge heard how the former soldier was driving too fast through the village and was unable to navigate a bend properly – so he clipped the kerb and tipped the truck over.

The 26-ton vehicle fell onto Abijah Mandela, who was driving a van in the other direction.

Ms Mandela was trapped in the wreckage for more than an hour while the fire service cut her out of the van, and she sustained a broken leg and broken arm.

The court heard how Ms Mandela was in hospital for nine days having surgery on her broken bones, including having metal plates inserted, and she also suffered from anxiety during her recovery.

One of Wall’s colleagues, Harrison Beynon, was also travelling in the bin lorry at the time of the crash and suffered bruises and cuts, which have left him nursing scars.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Wall and two others were in the cab. The two people in the cab were concerned about the dangerous way he (Wall) was driving – in particular the heavy use of the accelerator and the brake.

“He was driving through Long Ashton when the vehicle mounted the kerb and just narrowly avoided colliding with a large sign.

“He was going 60mph in a 40mph zone.”

Wall pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving at a previous hearing last year.

Judge Alan Large banned also Wall from driving for three years after he is released from prison.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More from Weston Mercury

8 minutes ago

An art exhibition dedicated to anti-bullying will take place in Weston-super-Mare later this year.

Read more

A new theatre show will take Weston by storm as Irish river dancers take to the stage.

Read more

An open day in Worle gave people the chance to have their say on what they would like to see happen and improved where they live.

Read more

A Berrow woman is searching for the family who taught her to walk and talk after she was evacuated to North Somerset in World War Two.

Read more

A kingfisher which suffered a nasty head trauma is set to return to the wild after being treated at a rescue charity.

Read more

The war memorial in Worle has been refurbished in time for the commemoration of World War One in November.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Weston’s Playhouse will host Fastlove – A Tribute To George Michael, and the Mercury is giving readers a chance to win tickets to see the show.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:42

Emergency crews have freed a man who was trapped in a car after it careered into a stone wall.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A shortage of telephone equipment and vandalism made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from the September 20 edition.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A new Costa Coffee drive-thru is opening at a service station along the M5.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists