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Lorry driver jailed over crash that killed soldiers
12:38pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A LORRY driver who killed two soldiers by crashing into their Army ambulance as they were returning to their North Yorkshire garrison has been jailed for 18 months.
Lance Sergeant David Gartland, 40, and Private James “Jimmy” Austin, 24, survived the initial impact when their Land Rover crashed into the back of a lorry which had broken down in a cloud of thick smoke on the A66 at Stainmore, near Brough, Cumbria on September 1, 2011.
But they were killed when Colin Pattison, 53, drove at 30mph into the smoke, crushing the Land Rover to half its size against the stricken lorry in front.
Pattison, of New Close Lodge, Goole, was found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court last month of causing their deaths by careless driving, though he was cleared of the more serious charge of causing their deaths by dangerous driving.
On Friday he was jailed for 18 months and banned from driving for six years.
Judge Barbara Forrester told him he should have slowed down when he saw the quarter-mile high plume of smoke ahead of him.
The fact that he didn’t, she said, amounted to "the highest category of careless driving, falling not far short of dangerous".