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Glasgow bin lorry crash driver can avoid questions

By Catriona Webster

Published 20/08/2015

The Glasgow bin lorry crash driver may not have to answer any question beyond his name, age and occupation when he gives evidence at a fatal accident inquiry into the tragedy.

Harry Clarke (58) will be called to give evidence to the inquiry today after a motion to halt it was withdrawn by the family of one of the victims.

But the inquiry heard that while the prospect of a private prosecution remains, he is entitled not to answer any question that might incriminate him.

On Monday, relatives of Jacqueline Morton (51), who died in the crash, said they would seek to bring charges against Mr Clarke after prosecutors ruled out doing so.

The family's legal team requested that the inquiry into the December 22 tragedy be adjourned in order to seek authority to bring a rare private prosecution against him.

But Dorothy Bain QC, representing Ms Morton's family, yesterday told the inquiry, now in its fifth week, they had withdrawn the motion to have the inquiry adjourned.

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