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References for bin lorry driver 'not on record'

By Paul Ward

Published 01/08/2015

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians
The scene in Glasgow's George Square after a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians

The driver of a bin lorry that crashed killing six people had "satisfactory" references when he joined Glasgow City Council but they are no longer held on record, an inquiry has heard.

Harry Clarke was driving the council truck in Glasgow city centre on December 22 last year when it went out of control after witnesses reported he appeared to lose consciousness at the wheel.

A fatal accident inquiry has already heard that Mr Clarke had suffered a "blackout" at the wheel of a bus in his previous job in 2010, and had also faced disciplinary proceedings for absences.

However, his "employee exit form" completed on leaving First Bus shown to the inquiry made no mention of absence or disciplinary issues. Mr Clarke did not mention the First Bus incident or any other health issues when applying for a job at Glasgow City Council in December 2010 or in subsequent applications and health checks, the inquiry has heard.

A council human resources manager said references from previous employers were sought but Mr Clarke's are "not held in his file".

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