Lorry driver pleads guilty after fatal M40 pile-up

A LORRY driver who caused a fatal pile-up on the M40 near Warwick Services is facing an immediate prison sentence. HGV driver Malcolm Clarkson, appearing at Warwick Crown Court over a video link, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. One driver was killed in the crash in November, which saw a section of the M40 being shut for 10 hours.

It involved a Scania HGV driven by Clarkson of Cat Tail Lane, Southport, Merseyside, another articulated lorry, a van and a VW Golf driven by Scott McConnell, who was in his 20s. When paramedics arrived they found Mr McConnell in a critical condition, and he was given emergency treatment before being rushed to hospital where he later died. Judge Anthony Potter adjourned sentencing for Clarkson to attend court after a pre-sentence report has been prepared on him by the probation service, and he was granted bail.

But Judge Potter made clear: “The only disposal which will be available to the court will be a sentence of immediate custody.”

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