Glasgow Bin Lorry Crash Driver Harry Clarke Quits Ahead Of Disciplinary Hearing

The driver of a bin lorry that crashed in a busy shopping street, killing six people, has resigned just minutes before a disciplinary hearing.

The panel was set to sack Harry Clarke after it emerged that he had lied on job applications and hidden the fact that he had a history of blackouts while driving, Sky News reported.

He had even had one blackout while at the wheel of a bus in 2010, according to the BBC.

Harry Clarke drove the bin lorry that crashed into pedestrians on a busy street last year

Clarke did not disclose this incident to his doctor, the DVLA or during applications for jobs with the council.

The 58-year-old was unconscious when the lorry he was driving ploughed into a number of people in Glasgow city centre on 22 December last year.

A spokesman for the local authority said today: "Harry Clarke has resigned with immediate effect and is no longer an employee of Glasgow City Council."

A previous disciplinary hearing at Glasgow City Council was postponed because Clarke was ill.

The crash in Glasgow killed six people

Those killed were Erin McQuade and her grandparents, Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, from Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Stephenie Tait, 29, and Jacqueline Morton, 51, both from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh.

Fifteen others were injured in the incident.

The fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the crash was adjourned at the end of August and the sheriff, John Beckett, is due to report his findings next year.

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