Truck driver jailed for fatal crash on M6


A truck driver has today been jailed for two years and eight months at Wolverhampton Crown Court of causing the death of motorist on the M6 motorway by dangerous driving.

On 21 August 2016, Anthony Marston had driven in his Mercedes E300 car, which had a trailer attached to the back of it, to collect a van which he had purchased. The victim then headed back to Telford, where he lived.

Around 3pm, Mr Marston travelled northbound along the M6 and as the motorway was busy, the gantry lights signalled for motorists to use the hard shoulder and a 60mph speed limit was set.

The victim stopped on the hard shoulder between junction 10 and 10a in order to put fuel into his car from a jerry can which he was carrying.

Heading in the same direction along the hard shoulder lane was 30-year-old Michael Preston who was driving a Scania HGV. He failed to see the stationary vehicle and ploughed into it, and down the embankment at the side of the motorway.

Mr Marston passed away at the scene of the crash and the defendant was arrested. He was charged with and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Douglas Marshall, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following the crash, evidence emerged to show that Michael Preston had been sending text messages from his telephone earlier in his journey. He has not provided any explanation as to why he was not watching the road ahead in the seconds leading up to the collision.

"This prosecution highlights the dangers of losing focus whilst driving, whether through use of mobile telephones, driving whilst tired or any number of other causes. The few seconds in which Mr Preston was not looking cost Mr Marston his life, and our thoughts today are with his family and friends."