Trailer involved in serious crash on A487 found to have faulty brakes
A trailer towed by a lorry involved in a crash which badly injured a woman had defective brakes, an investigation found. The vehicle was not at fault for the accident which happened on the A487 at Bontnewydd near Caernarfon on May 15 last year magistrates at Caernarfon were told. But the brakes on the American-style recreational vehicle trailer towed by travelling showman Darren Simon De Koning were defective.
The 53-year-old, of Waterloo Street, Manchester, pleaded guilty by letter to charges of using a motor vehicle or trailer with defective brakes and using a motor vehicle drawing a trailer when a secondary coupling device was not fitted to the trailer.
He was fined GBP300 and ordered to pay costs of GBP215. Prosecutor Diane Williams said the emergency services were alerted to the incident at about 4.30pm and found a Citroen vehicle had crashed head-on into the lorry. Firefighters were called to release the woman from the wreckage of her car and she was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment.
An investigation by a vehicle examiner at a garage near Caernarfon found faults on the braking system of the trailer being towed by the lorry.
The car had veered across the road and struck the lorry.
But De-Koning accepted he should have been aware of the faults and will make regular checks in future to ensure such an incident will not re-occur.
- ^ Bontnewydd near Caernarfon (www.dailypost.co.uk)
- ^ emergency services were alerted to the incident at about 4.30pm (www.dailypost.co.uk)
- ^ magistrates at Caernarfon (www.dailypost.co.uk)
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