Driver giving evidence at Glasgow bin lorry tragedy inquest

Driver giving evidence at Glasgow bin lorry tragedy inquest

The driver of the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow killing six people has begun giving evidence to an inquiry into the tragedy.

Harry Clarke, 58, took the oath and was told by Sheriff John Beckett QC that he did not have to answer any questions which might incriminate him.

Harry Clarke

Mr Clarke confirmed his name and gave his occupation as an LGV driver.

There were sobs from a family member as Mr Clarke was led into the witness box.

Mr Clarke's appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court during the fifth week of the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) comes after a motion to adjourn the hearing was withdrawn by the family of one of the victims.

A request from Mr Clarke's lawyer to have the inquiry halted was refused earlier.

The prospect of a private prosecution of Mr Clarke remains - a situation which entitles him not to answer certain questions put to him, if he so chooses.

Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC asked Mr Clarke to confirm his details and began asking him about his early employment history.

Sighs could be heard from the families when the council worker repeatedly answered with the words: "I don't want to answer that question."

The questions moved to the bin lorry crash and Ms Thomson said: "Do you know that six people died on December 22?"

Mr Clarke said: "I don't want to answer that question."

Ms Thomson said: "The families have been in court every day to hear answers, do you know that?"

Mr Clarke's lawyer made repeated objections to the sheriff during questioning.