Glasgow bin lorry driver "deliberately misled" doctors before fatal crash

Six people were killed when the vehicle veered into pedestrians on December 22 last year

Glasgow bin lorry driver "deliberately misled" doctors before fatal crash

File photo dated 22/12/14 of the scene in Glasgow's George Square after a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians. Image: Andrew Milligan / PA Wire/Press Association Images

A report has found the driver in the fatal Glasgow bin lorry crash "deliberately misled" doctors over his medical history, media sources say.

The report of the fatal accident inquiry into the tragedy also found that Harry Clarke "deliberately concealed relevant information from the DVLA" and that he "repeatedly lied in order to gain and retain jobs and licences".

The 58-year-old lorry driver collapsed unconscious at the wheel of his truck on 22 December 2014.

The vehicle careered out of control in Glasgow's George Square, killing six people and injuring 15.

In his report, Sheriff John Beckett QC said reasonable precautions could have prevented the accident, all in relation to the concealment of Mr Clarke's medical history.

He referred to an incident in April 2010, when Mr Clarke suffered a blackout at the wheel while working as a bus driver for the company First Bus.

He was subsequently checked separately by company doctors and his GP.

Sheriff Beckett found he "deliberately misled" doctors as to the location and nature of what had happened to him.

"Mr Clarke deceived all three doctors in the hope that he would be able to return to work sooner rather than later so that he would not lose his job with First … None of the doctors who saw Mr Clarke advised him to notify DVLA of this event and he did not do so," he said in his report.