A TRUCKER has denied he was driving dangerously when a mechanical digger fell off his HGV and seriously injured a motorist in the car behind.
Alana Rutter-Close, 34, was airlifted to hospital after the machinery crashed onto her Vauxhall Astra on the A194 at Leam Lane, Jarrow, last April.
She suffered serious, disfiguring facial injuries, a fractured skull and numerous broken bones in the smash.
Anthony Adams, 51 of Hamilton Drive, York, pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing serious injuries by dangerous driving during a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.
It is claimed his HGV, which was carrying three mechanical diggers, struck a railway bridge before the piece of machinery fell.
Adams will be tried by a jury on October 19.
The trial could last five days.
Judge Deborah Sherwin granted him bail in the meantime and warned him to keep in contact with his legal team.