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Driver facing jail over train deaths.

BUILDER Gary Hart was today found guilty of causing the deaths of 10 people by dangerous driving over the Selby train crash.

Hart was convicted on all 10 counts at Leeds Crown Court by a majority of 10 to two by the jury of seven women and five men.

They had heard Hart, aged 37, of Strubby, Lincs, had spent the night before the crash on the phone to a woman he had met over the internet.

He then drove having had no sleep all night and the prosecution alleged that he fell asleep at the wheel.

Six passengers and four crew died in the crash on February 28 when Hart's Land Rover left the M62 and crashed onto the east coast main line, causing an express train to collide with a loaded goods train at high speed.

Hart denied falling asleep at the wheel, claiming he lost control of the car, which was towing a trailer with another vehicle, after hearing a noise in the car.

Mr Justice Mackay said it was inevitable that Hart would receive a substantial prison term.

"It seems to me at this moment the effect of these verdicts is, and must be, that the sentence of the court will be a sentence of immediate imprisonment of a substantial term and disqualification of a longer term.

"My mind is not closed to an alternative but that is what is in effect inevitable in a case of this enormity and magnitude."

The judge bailed Hart pending reports.


GUILTY: Gary Hart
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 13, 2001
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