Trucker denies dangerous driving after man injured by falling digger

The scene on Leam Lane.
The scene on Leam Lane.
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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.

The scene on Leam Lane.

The scene on Leam Lane.

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 scene on Leam Lane.

The scene on Leam Lane.

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.

The scene on Leam Lane.

The scene on Leam Lane.