A TRUCK driver has appeared in court to face a charge of dangerous driving after a digger fell off the back of his lorry – seriously injuring a woman motorist.
Anthony Adams was driving a HGV carrying three mechanical diggers when the vehicle struck a railway bridge on the east-bound A194 at Leam Lane, in Jarrow, last April.
As a result of the collision, one of the diggers fell off the truck, hitting a Vauxhall Antara which was travelling behind.
The driver, 34-year-old Alana Rutter-Close, was airlifted to Newcastle’s RVI hospital for treatment.
The crash happened at about 11am on Sunday, April 13.
Adams, of Hamilton Drive, York, denied a charge of causing serious injury through dangerous driving when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “Alana Rutter-Close suffered disfiguring facial injuries and a fractured skull, which required surgery, as well as numerous broken bones.
“The crown submits that this case should be dealt with at Newcastle Crown Court.”
David Glover, defending, said that the sentencing powers of the magistrates’ court would be sufficient to deal with the case.
He said: “I would ask that the magistrates retain jurisdiction of the case.”
Linda Murphy, chairman of the magistrates, agreed to send the case to Newcastle Crown Court for trial.
She said: “We do not accept jurisdiction. The case will be sent to Newcastle Crown Court.”
Adams, 51, is now due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court for an initial hearing on February 12.
Two other charges were laid in regards to the case – driving without due care and attention and driving a vehicle when the weight, position or distribution of its load was such that it involved a danger of injury.
Those charges were not put to Adams during the hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, with pleas to be entered at the crown court.
Adams was granted unconditional bail until his first appearance at Newcastle Crown Court.