Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Selby victim relative blasts driver

The scene of the rail crash at Great Heck near Selby on February 28, 2001
Gary Hart described the 2001 Selby rail crash as 'fate'
An aerial view of the scene of the rail crash at Great Heck near Selby, North Yorkshire

The sister of one of the victims of the Selby rail crash has said it "tears at your heart strings" that Gary Hart still cannot admit his responsibility for the tragedy.

Judith Cairncross, whose brother Raymond Robson died in the tragedy, was speaking outside a memorial service after Hart said it was "fate" that 10 people lost their lives.

Hart spoke out on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy which happened when his Land Rover plunged off the M62 motorway on to the East Coast mainline in North Yorkshire in 2001.

He told Real Radio: "I believe in fate and I was meant to be there that morning. The accident occurred because I was there.

"The same for the people that were on the train. They were meant to be there that morning."

Hart served 30 months of a five-year jail term after being convicted of 10 charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

The trial heard he fell asleep at the wheel after staying up all night chatting on the phone to a woman he met on the internet.

But in his first in-depth interview since the crash, the 47-year-old denied he should have been held responsible for the deaths of six passengers and four rail workers.

Speaking outside St Paul's Church, in Hensall - about a mile from the crash site - Judith Cairncross, whose brother was the guard on the passenger train, said she thought the comments by Hart were "awful".

Mrs Cairncross said: "He was responsible and he may have some peace, but we certainly don't. There are still some injured souls out there. His comments were awful."

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