Trucker admits A92 bridge crash that cost man his arm

Forfar Sheriff Court
Forfar Sheriff Court

A driver lost his arm after a trucker smashed into a low bridge and then into his oncoming car, a court heard today.

William Brierley was today facing a lengthy jail term over the smash that left Neil Black with life-changing injuries.

Forfar Sheriff Court heard how Brierley ignored warning signs before the crash on March 30 last year.

Brierley was driving a Mercedes lorry towing a 4.39 metre tall trailer on the A92 between Arbroath and Montrose on March 30 last year.

He approached the railway bridge near Inverkeilor, which is only 4.26 metres tall, ignoring warning signs on the roadside and bridge itself, as well as a flashing warning light activated when he drove past it in the huge truck.

The lorry then collided with the bridge, causing a head on crash with Mr Black’s Volkswagen Golf motor.

Mr Black (31) was left fighting for his life following the smash and was rushed to hospital in a “critical condition”.

He had to undergo operations that ended up with him losing his right arm.

Mr Black said he was “getting on fine” a year on from the accident and was now using a prosthetic limb.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson said: “I move for sentence and tender a schedule of previous convictions.”

Brierley (54), of Charleston Road, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of dangerous driving committed on March 30 last year on the A92 at Inverkeilor.

Defence solicitor Gary McIlravey said he would reserve his plea in mitigation to a later sentencing date.

He added: “He has allowed his HGV licence to lapse.”

Sheriff Gregor Murray deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and banned Brierley from the road.

He was released on bail.