Glasgow City Council fails in £6.5m claim over 2014 bin lorry tragedy

A legal bid by Glasgow City Council to recover more than £6.5m from a former employer of a bin lorry driver who blacked out at the wheel and killed six people has failed.

Harry Clarke collapsed in December 2014 while driving a 26-tonne truck in Glasgow city centre before it veered out of control and crashed into pedestrians, writes Chris Tindall.

Settlements totalling £6,555,872 were later paid out to those injured and the families of those killed.

Lawyers for the council argued that Clarke’s former employer First Glasgow (No 1) had acted negligently by failing to provide a reference for Clarke when he changed his job in 2011.

However, in his judgment, Lord Ericht threw the action out and said the council had failed to chase First Glasgow for the reference.

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