CHATTERIS: Lorry driver in death crash that killed 3 had been speeding, court told

PUBLISHED: 13:33 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 08:57 02 June 2010

THE driver of a lorry involved in a fatal road accident that killed three European workers near Chatteris, had been speeding on the day of the accident, a court heard yesterday. A tachograph taken from Dennis Ellingham s Scania vehicle showed he travelled

THE driver of a lorry involved in a fatal road accident that killed three European workers near Chatteris, had been speeding on the day of the accident, a court heard yesterday.

A tachograph taken from Dennis Ellingham's Scania vehicle showed he travelled at speeds of up to 54 mph on the A141 on July 24 last year - when regulations say the lorry should not exceed 40mph.

Ellingham, of Danbury, Chelmsford, admitted speeding on the road where his lorry was in collision with a people carrier.

He also admitted speeding on the A142 at Chatteris 10 days earlier, driving his lorry at 51 mph; and speeding on the same stretch of road on July 12, driving at 51 mph.

Ellingham was banned from driving for six months and fined a total of £180 with £35 costs and a £15 surcharge.

"Since that day I don't ever go over the speed limit, not even in my car," he told District Judge Ken Sheraton.

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