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Dad died in head-on crash with lorry after veering onto wrong side of Scots road


A dad-of-two who died in a head on crash with a lorry after veering onto the wrong side of a Scots road, an inquest heard.

Thomas Bryan Hobson was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on the A9 at Milnafua, Alness on January 4.

The 27-year-old, originally from Wales, had been working in the area at the time of the accident, according to North Wales Live.

His blue Vauxhall Astra collided with a Mercedes articulated lorry after he swerved into the wrong lane at roughly 9.10pm.

An inquest into Mr Hobson’s death, carried out at Ruthin County Hall on Tuesday, heard that the front off side of the Astra smashed into the front nearside of the LGV, which was braking heavily to try and avoid the crash.

The impact caused catastrophic damage to the Astra and Mr Hobson was ejected from the vehicle through the driver door and was subsequently found deceased on the east verge.

The reason why the self-employed off-shore technician was driving in the wrong lane was not determined, but it was possible Mr Hobson was “fatigued” after working long hours, the inquest heard.

A toxicology report following a post-mortem examination conducted by Dr Natasha Inglis found no traces of alcohol in his system, but did find a considerable amount of cocaine.

Mr Hobson had 3.871 micrograms of cocaine per litre of blood in his system at the time of the crash which would have caused impairment, the report found.

The LGV driver did not suffer any significant injuries, with his vehicle ending up on the west verge and suffering moderate damage that was largely confined to the lower part of the front end.

A collision investigation report written by Police Scotland officers David Ian Housby and Malcolm Ross Cameron found that the LGV was travelling at 50mph at the time of the crash, which is in excess of the 40mph limit for vehicles of its nature on that road.

However, this was not deemed a factor as the collision was “unavoidable” due to where Mr Hobson was driving at the time.

The condition of the road surface was also discounted as a contributory factor, as was the condition of the vehicles involved, both of which showed no sign of any mechanical faults.

A medical cause of death for Mr Hobson was given as multiple injuries.

John Gittins, coroner for North Wales east and central recorded that the death was a result of a road traffic collision.

A statement from Thomas’ wife described him as a “very sociable” person who would “do anything to help anyone out” and added that the family has been left “deeply shocked and devastated” from his sudden passing.




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