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Road rage haulier 'drove lorry over man's head'

By Pat Hurst

A van driver's brain "exploded" after a lorry drove over his head in a road rage incident, a court heard.

Trevor Allen (56) was murdered after he had got out of his Citroen Berlingo van and stood in front of the DAF truck and trailer driven by Mark Slater, Chester Crown Court heard.

An eyewitness, another driver, told police he saw Mr Allen's head "explode" and he could hear bones breaking as he went under the wheels of Slater's 17 tonne truck.

Family and friends of Mr Allen, from Swinton, Salford, held their hands over their mouths and wept as details were told to the jury.

Slater (47), of Greater Manchester, claims it was an accident.

He denies the murder of Mr Allen, at around 8am on April 15 this year on the outskirts of Warrington, Cheshire.

Ian Unsworth QC, prosecuting, told the jury that after some sort of argument in the lead-up to the fatal incident, both drivers had come to a halt on the single carriageway road with Mr Allen standing in front of the lorry.

The prosecutor said it would have been "obvious" to Slater that Mr Allen was in front of his truck.

Mr Unsworth continued: "Not withstanding that, in all likelihood because the defendant was angry, he simply drove over Mr Allen." The trial continues.

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