Teenager ducked as Bird opened fire
A tearful 15-year-old schoolgirl has told an inquest how she ducked to the ground so a blast from the shotgun of mass killer Derrick Bird flew over her head.
Ashley Glaister, who was 14 at the time, had been called over by Bird to his taxi as it stopped in the street. When the teenager reached his open passenger side window, she noticed the gun in the vehicle.
She said: "My first instinct was to put my hands up to my ears and then to put my head down and duck."
Bird's shot flew over her as she crouched down beside his car and then she ran off in terror.
The teenager added: "I was crying and was running away down the hill and he shot again. I heard the second bang when his car was halfway up the hill and I was at the bottom. I looked around and I could see his car still there and I kept on running."
Ashley took shelter at her sister Rachel's home in Thornhill, near Egremont, Cumbria, as Bird sped off.
CCTV footage played to the jury showed Bird's silver Citroen Picasso turn on to the Thornhill housing estate from the A595, where he had just left Egremont and killed two of his 12 victims, Susan Hughes and Kenneth Fishburn.
The pictures from a stationary bus then pick up Bird pulling out of the estate after firing at Ashley moments earlier and heading back on to the A595 out of Egremont. He would then drive on towards the village of Wilton, where he went on to kill mole catcher Isaac Dixon.
The inquests in Workington on Thursday focused on events after Bird left Whitehaven on the morning of June 2 last year where he had killed taxi driver Darren Rewcastle and injured fellow cabbies Paul Wilson and Terry Kennedy.
He had already claimed the lives of his twin brother, David, and his solicitor, Kevin Commons, earlier that day.