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Watch: Carling Lorry on M62 bursts into flames causing 13-mile traffic jam

Shocking footage shows a Carling Lorry burst into flames on the M62, causing a 13-mile traffic jam on Tuesday afternoon.

It remains unclear how the vehicle caught fire, but the incident left hundreds of football fans frustrated as tailbacks led to them missing England’s Euro 2020[1] match against Germany.

Many took to social media to complain of the queues that added hours onto their journeys, while some shared photos of their efforts to watch that match from either inside their cars or on the motorway layby.

The westbound M62 carriageway only fully re-opened at 1am on Wednesday.

References

  1. ^ Euro 2020 (www.independent.co.uk)

Hauliers jailed over faulty lorry crash that killed two men on M62

A lorry driver and his boss have been jailed over the deaths of two Manchester men who were killed when a lorry with faulty brakes ploughed into their car on the M62.

Nigel Eley, 41, from Urmston, died at the scene after the caravan transporter crashed through the central reservation and collided with his black Lexus car between Hull and Leeds in April 2018.

His passenger, John-Paul Cassidy, 37, who lived in Chorlton, suffered a head injury and died in hospital 10 days later.

A court heard how greedy haulage boss Michael Holgate, 39, ran an “entirely lawless” business, which employed Jack Beston, 25, as a driver.

The lorry had a fault with its brakes, which would have cost just £200 to repair, Hull Crown Court[1] heard.

Beston, who was 22 at the time, was, unknowingly to him, uninsured to drive the HGV, as Holgate only insured his vehicles for drivers aged 25 and over “to save money”.

Holgate, of Munstead Way, Brough, was convicted of manslaughter through gross negligence and sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Beston, of Duncombe Drive in Driffield, who previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving,[2] was jailed for six years.

The aftermath of a crash on the M62 Ouse Bridge near Goole, East Yorkshire

Sentencing the men on Tuesday, Mr Justice Fraser said: “What happened on April 3 2018 was not an accident, it was the entirely foreseeable and wholly avoidable consequence of the way you, Michael Holgate, operated your haulage business and the way you, Jack Beston, drove that day.”

The judge said the prosecution’s description of Holgate’s business being an ‘entirely lawless operation’ “is one that is entirely accurate”.

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“You, Michael Holgate, were completely in charge of all the operations in your different companies and were personally responsible for the events of April 3 2018,” he said.

The court heard that Beston had used an app to report a brake fault warning light on the dashboard of the lorry on nine separate occasions over the two weeks before the crash – during which time the vehicle had travelled more than 3,000 miles.

Holgate refused to send the lorry to a mechanic to repair the fault, which was causing a four to six-second delay on the brakes – despite a new replacement valve costing in the region of £200, the court heard.

“Lack of affordability was not remotely an issue in you, Michael Holgate, deciding not to have the defects repaired, the judge said. “Your greed was the driving force.”

The judge said Holgate “had no consideration for the safety of other road users” and was only interested in profit.

On the day of the collision, which the judge described as “a disaster waiting to happen”, Beston was due to make a 580-mile round-trip from Hull to Chichester.

He began experiencing problems with the brakes early in the journey and commented on the issue on a number of occasions, the court heard.

“It was only a matter of time and coincidence as to when, where and how the brakes would ultimately either fail completely, or otherwise cause a serious collision, and so it proved,” the judge said.

“As a result, two people lost their lives.”

Nigel Eley (Image: Facebook)

The M62 was closed for more than 18 hours following the crash on April 3 in 2018.

Mr Justice Fraser disqualified Holgate from being a company director for 15 years, while Beston was banned from driving for five years following his release from jail on licence.

Mr Eley’s wife, Laurie, described her husband as her “knight in shining armour” and said the “backbone” of her perfect family had been taken away from her and their two sons.

Mrs Eley said: “Despite how amazing our boys are, I don’t think I will ever be able to get rid of the empty feeling I carry round with me every day.”

She continued: “Our lives have been turned upside down, we had so many dreams together, which have been shattered.”

John-Paul Cassidy died in the crash (Image: Humberside Police)

Mr Eley was also an under-9s football coach in Urmston, Greater Manchester.

His father, David, said: “Nigel was in his prime but his life was taken from him needlessly, coldly and brutally by a stranger.”

Mr Cassidy, who was originally from Coventry but lived in Manchester for a number of years, was engaged to be married and left behind two brothers and his parents.

Paying tribute after his death, his family described him as “loyal, generous, charismatic and above all fun-loving”.

His brothers, Mark and Anthony, both said they had lost a friend.

References

  1. ^ Hull Crown Court (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)

M62 shut for 14 hours after Carling lorry fire melted the tarmac

The M62 had to be closed for 14 hours after a Carling lorry caught fire, melting the tarmac beneath it.

Drivers on the westbound carriageway of the M62 were stuck in traffic for up to six hours yesterday afternoon, June 29, when the whole side of the major motorway was closed between junction 21 and 22.

The vehicle went up in flames part way between the hard-shoulder and lane one just before 1pm[1], and the driver was luckily able to escape uninjured.

READ MORE:‘It’s been the best night since 1990’: Elation for England supporters at fan park in Trafford[2]

England fans stuck in the standstill traffic were forced to watch last night’s 2-0 victory against Germany from their cars[3], as queues backed up over 14 miles to junction 25.

Highways England have confirmed that the road needed emergency resurfacing, after the heat from the fire melted the tarmac beneath the lorry.

One of the barriers at the side of the road was also damaged, with crews working to get the road back in functional condition as quickly as possible.

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A stretch of central reservation was removed just after 6pm yesterday evening to allow queueing traffic onto the eastbound carriageway to pass the scene before rejoining the westbound section.

Traffic at the end of the queue was being turned away, but by 9.30pm five miles of congestion remained in place on the approach.

Resurfacing crews arrived just after 11pm, whilst the remains of the lorry were being removed by recovery crews.

At around 12.30am this morning, the scene was fully cleared, and emergency roadworks began to restore the carriageway.

One lane of the westbound carriageway was reopened just after 2.30am, with the road fully reopening an hour later.

Hero Truck Driver Sets Up England Game On M62 After Exploding Carling Lorry Causes Traffic Chaos

The term ‘hero’ is bandied about far too often for reasons that aren’t really justifiable. But when a Carling-branded lorry caught fire just before England were about to start playing Germany in Euro 2020, a fellow lorry driver grabbed his cape and worked at getting the match on:

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Lucky for this unknown driver, he had a TV in his cab so technically could have sat smugly while fellow motorists tried (and quite possibly failed) to get it on the radio.

Credit: Twitter/@john_bragger
Credit: Twitter/@john_bragger

Not being ‘that guy’, instead he set the TV up in the footwell, just underneath the steering wheel making it the perfect height for people to stand on the ground and watch on as England were victorious – taking us to the quarter finals of the competition.

What a lad.

Thankfully, the person driving the Carling-branded lorry was unhurt from the incident.

It did however mean that the M62 was closed westbound from J22 for Denshaw to J21 for Milnrow while emergency services dealt with the fire.

Credit: Twitter/@HonigUK
Credit: Twitter/@HonigUK
Credit: Twitter/@HonigUK
Credit: Twitter/@HonigUK

The jams left football fans fearing that they were going to miss the match with one tweeting: “Not today, please no!

“I need to be back and in front of the tele for 5pm. Stuck in queues, not moving, on the #M62. Come on, show some mercy!”

The lorry driver that set the TV up wasn’t the only one either because another tweet from Rich Williams – a Virgin Radio presenter – tweeted to say he watched the match in the back of a stranger’s van.

Even Highways England knew how important it was to get things moving again and tweeted a statement at 3:30pm saying: “The incident over in the #Rochdale area is going to take a considerable amount of time to resolve due to the complexity of the incident.

“We are working as hard as we can on the Yorkshire side of the hills to release trapped traffic and get people home for the football.”

References

  1. ^ #EURO2020 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/PjYfSTpKxg (t.co)
  3. ^ June 29, 2021 (twitter.com)

Worker loses arm in horrific accident that nearly cost his life

A worker lost his arm in a horrific accident at a machine manufacturer near Driffield[1] in which he nearly lost his life.

Agricultural machines manufacturer Superior Machines Ltd was fined tens of thousands of pounds for safety breaches after the 68-year-old man became entangled in a machine.

York Magistrates’ Court[2] heard that on January 25, 2019, the worker became entangled on either the rotating workpiece or the chuck as it rotated.

Read more:Haulage company owner and lorry driver jailed over M62 crash that killed two men[3]

He sustained extensive injuries including a punctured lung, broken neck, fractures to the back, ribs, arm and shoulder blade. He subsequently had his left arm amputated at the shoulder.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found machinery standards across the site were poor with many machines unguarded.

Three prohibition and five improvement notices were served. These included machine guarding, welfare and management issues.

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Superior Machines Ltd of Pluckham Farm, Fridaythorpe, near Driffield, pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.

The company was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,618.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Taylor said: “Entanglement incidents on unguarded rotating machinery are far too common.

“The worker’s injuries were life changing and he could have easily been killed.

“This serious incident and devastation could have been avoided if basic safeguards, risk assessments, supervision and instruction had been in place.”

References

  1. ^ Driffield (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ York Magistrates’ Court (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Haulage company owner and lorry driver jailed over M62 crash that killed two men (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ here (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)

Woman spotted rummaging through neighbour’s car in broad daylight

This is the moment a woman “stole” items from a car in a Hull street – and in broad daylight.

The clip was filmed in Jervis Road and allegedly shows the woman “stealing” items out of Roscoe Irvine’s car.

The clip was caught on camera by Mr Irvine’s neighbour.

Read more: Haulage company owner and lorry driver jailed over fatal M62 crash[1]

The items stolen[2] are said to be keys, a black Adidas jacket, CDs and Mr Irvine’s son’s orange Nike football boots.

Posting the clip on Facebook, Mr Irvine wrote: “Does anyone know this woman? She has stolen[3] items out of my car which include, my work keys, black Adidas jacket, CDs and my son’s orange Nike football boots.

Read more: Police cordon off roadside in west Hull as officers ‘comb the park’[4]

“I aren’t bothered about all items other than my work keys as they can be replaced.

“If anyone knows this person please get in touch. Jervis Road, Bilton Grange area.”

As well as wanting his keys back, Mr Irvine said he just wants to raise awareness of “what’s happening in Hull at the moment rather than name picking”.

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police[5] said: “Officers are currently investigating reports of a theft. It is believed items of value had been taken from a vehicle on Jervis Road, Hull, on Sunday, 27 June, at 6am.”

References

  1. ^ Haulage company owner and lorry driver jailed over fatal M62 crash (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ stolen (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ stolen (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Police cordon off roadside in west Hull as officers ‘comb the park’ (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  5. ^ Humberside Police (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)

Yorkshire parents complain of ‘enormously disruptive’ Covid rules

Headteachers and parents in Yorkshire have complained of “enormously disruptive” Covid self-isolation bubble rules in schools as the Government looks to scrap the policy.

Schools[1] are currently divided into “bubbles” of pupils – usually their class or year group, and if one pupil in the bubble tests positive for coronavirus, all children must self-isolate for 10 days.

Leeds[2] headteacher Chris Dyson said the rules are affecting pupils’ mental health and friendships, while former Scarborough[3] head Anne Swift said the “enormously disruptive” policy is not containing Covid[4] outbreaks.

READ MORE: M62 drivers stuck in miles of traffic between Rochdale and Huddersfield after Carling beer lorry fire[5]

About one in 20 state school pupils in England did not attend class for Covid-19-related reasons on June 24, according to Government figures released today.

The Department for Education has suggested the rules could be brought to an end this autumn and potentially replaced with regular testing.

But Ian Murch, president of the National Education Union’s Bradford[6] branch, warned scrapping the policy would be a “mistake” as teachers are still becoming ill with coronavirus.

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We have a school where four staff are currently ill with the virus. We have staff members towards the end of their pregnancy who have got quite seriously ill,” he told YorkshireLive[8].

Lots of people are still not fully vaccinated and are getting significant illness[es].”

Mr Murch said the number of children self-isolating in Bradford is similar to rates seen between Christmas and Easter.

Though he admitted the bubble rules are “clearly frustrating”, the union official said the policy is in place to protect the wider community – not just pupils.

Reducing the wearing of masks [in schools] has been a serious mistake,” he said, referring to the May 17 decision to lift rules requiring secondary school pupils to wear masks[9] in classrooms and communal areas.

“Ending isolation, as the Government is suggesting, will be an even bigger one unless case levels are a lot lower and significant illness is no longer a problem.

“I know that it’s hard, but we have to be patient.”

Leeds headteacher Mr Dyson, who runs Parklands Primary School in Seacroft, said 25 of the school’s 300-plus pupils are currently self-isolating – but claimed he knew schools with “non-stop self-isolation”.

We can’t just keep stopping and starting,” he said. “It’s affecting mental health, friendships.”

The head said the rules are disruptive for parents and feared some may stop testing their children.

My four-year-old is self-isolating so someone’s got to be at home. My wife had to take the best part of two weeks off childminding,” Mr Dyson said.

The headteacher hopes Public Health England mass-testing trials allowing children in affected bubbles to remain in school if they test negative could lead to a less disruptive school testing system – but said it was important parents, pupils and schools follow the current rules.

Chris Dyson, headteacher of Parklands Primary in Leeds
Chris Dyson, headteacher of Parklands Primary in Leeds (Image: Shine Trust)

Meanwhile former Scarborough headteacher Ms Swift, a National Education Union official for North Yorkshire[10], said the current isolation rules are not tackling infections

Two Scarborough schools have closed for in-person teaching until July 6[11] after separate coronavirus outbreaks forced significant numbers of students to self-isolate.

“We’ve got this rapid rise [in infections] amongst youngsters but the isolation scheme doesn’t seem to be working,” Ms Swift said.

Parents aren’t happy and are complaining about their children being sent home after a couple of days back at school.

“It’s enormously disruptive. The youngsters don’t know whether they’re coming or going.”

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Ms Swift said she suspected some parents are not testing their children or are not reporting the results.

But she also blamed the end of mask-wearing rules and the troubled Test and Trace system for rising infections in schools.

What we want is to get the contact tracing system working properly. It’s never really worked properly,” Ms Swift said.

It comes as Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he has asked for “fresh advice” on the issue, adding that the self-isolation policy is “having a huge knock-on impact” on children’s education.[12][13]

Meanwhile Schools Minister Nick Gibb said the Government is carrying out a review into using testing to end self-isolation for school pupils in bubbles.

“We are conducting trials of daily contact testing as a possible alternative to self-isolation,” he told Sky News today, adding that a final decision will be taken before July 19.

“What matters also is that we keep the school safe and, if you go around our schools, you will see a raft of measures to reduce the infection rates within schools.

“There’s extra hygiene, there’s staggered breaks, we keep children in bubbles, and there’s extra ventilation in classrooms to minimise the risk of transmission.”

References

  1. ^ Schools (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Leeds (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Scarborough (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ Covid (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  5. ^ M62 drivers stuck in miles of traffic between Rochdale and Huddersfield after Carling beer lorry fire (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  6. ^ Bradford (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  7. ^ click here (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  8. ^ YorkshireLive (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  9. ^ May 17 decision to lift rules requiring secondary school pupils to wear masks (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  10. ^ North Yorkshire (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  11. ^ have closed for in-person teaching until July 6 (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  12. ^ Health (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  13. ^ education. (www.examinerlive.co.uk)