Driver seriously injured by dangerous trucker

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AN HGV driver left another motorist seriously injured after his trailer swung across the road into the path of an oncoming car, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

James Chamberlain 53, of Heneage Road, Grimsby, caused the collision on the A1084 at Bigby Hill because he was driving his articulated lorry too fast for the road conditions.

Prosecuting Sarah Lloyd said a motorist following Chamberlain noticed he crossed the centre line and then saw his brake lights come on as the lorry reached the brow of the hill.

She said: “The following motorist saw smoke coming from the rear of the trailer. As the lorry negotiated the bend the trailer moved onto the opposite carriageway.

“Gary Southern was driving a Peugeot in the opposite direction. The lorry swiped the side of the Peugeot forcing it into the side barrier.

“The trailer whipped back into the correct lane and the lorry continued on its journey.”

Mr Southern was taken to hospital - he suffered a fractured vertebrae and a fractured sternum as well as numerous cuts and bruises. He was off work for three months and has since had nightmares about what happened.

Chamberlain admitted dangerous driving on March 11, 2011. He got a 12 month community order with 180 hours of unpaid work. He was banned from driving for a year and ordered to pass an extended re-test before being allowed his licence back.

Defending David Stanton said Chamberlain admitted driving too fast and since the incident has stopped driving for a living.

Mr Stanton said: “He is an honest bloke. He is a working man who wouldn’t deliberately do anything wrong.”