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Fatal Glasgow bin lorry crash driver is suspended

By PA Scotland

Published 07/08/2015

The driver of a bin lorry that crashed killing six people in Glasgow city centre has been suspended from work.

Glasgow City Council said it has suspended Harry Clarke (58) "on a precautionary basis" ahead of a full investigation.

It comes after a fatal accident inquiry was told that Mr Clarke did not disclose his medical history when completing a health questionnaire when he applied to work for the council.

A spokeswoman said: "The council can confirm that it has suspended Mr Harry Clarke on a precautionary basis pending a full disciplinary investigation."

The inquiry heard that the driver has a history of health issues including fainting, dizziness and stress dating back to the 1970s.

Mr Clarke had appeared to lose consciousness when the council bin lorry went out of control three days before Christmas in Glasgow city centre last year.

Erin McQuade (18) and her grandparents Jack Sweeney (68) and Lorraine Sweeney (69) were killed. Stephenie Tait (29), Jacqueline Morton (51) and Gillian Ewing (52) also died.

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