Robert Crockford accused of Dubbo fatal accident is granted bail

Robert Crockford (pictured) faces more than a dozen charges after his semi-trailer crashed into six vehicles that stopped at highway works on Newell Highway north of Dubbo

A truck driver accused of the death of a young couple in a seven-vehicle accident in the New South Wales region has been released on bail in the Supreme Court.

Robert Crockford faces more than a dozen charges after his semi-trailer crashed into six vehicles that stopped work on the Newell Highway north of Dubbo on January 16.

Reagen Skinner and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Hannah Ferguson, were killed and ten others, including a two-year-old girl, were injured in the accident.

Robert Crockford (pictured) faces more than a dozen charges after his semi-trailer crashed into six vehicles that stopped at highway works on Newell Highway north of Dubbo

Robert Crockford (pictured) faces more than a dozen charges after his semi-trailer crashed into six vehicles that stopped at highway works on Newell Highway north of Dubbo

Reagen Skinner (photo on the left) and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Hannah Ferguson, were killed and ten others, including a two-year-old girl, were injured in the accident.

Reagen Skinner (photo on the left) and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Hannah Ferguson, were killed and ten others, including a two-year-old girl, were injured in the accident.

Crockford's lawyer, Jack Tyler-Stott, had appeared Thursday saying that the medical treatment of the trucker in custody was not adequate enough to allow him to be in a place where he was evaluated for sleep apnea. for the trial & # 39; (Pictured: Hannah Ferguson, who died in the accident)

Crockford's lawyer, Jack Tyler-Stott, had appeared Thursday saying that the medical treatment of the trucker in custody was not adequate enough to allow him to be in a place where he was evaluated for sleep apnea. for the trial & # 39; (Pictured: Hannah Ferguson, who died in the accident)

Reagen Skinner (photo on the left) and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Hannah Ferguson (pictured right), were killed and ten others, including a two-year-old girl, were injured in the accident.

Interim judge Peter Hidden granted bail to Crockford on Friday morning on the condition that he does not drive at all, does not apply for a passport, reports to the police three times a week, lives with his partner in Queensland and does not contact any prosecution witness.

The judge said he was satisfied that there was "new and significant material" on Crockford's health that was not in court when he was denied bail after his first application in March.

Crockford's lawyer, Jack Tyler-Stott, had presented Thursday that the medical treatment of the trucker in custody was not adequate enough to allow him to be in a place where he would be evaluated for sleep apnea and prepare him for the trial.

"There's some biology that needs to be explored," said Tyler-Stott.

The Crown argued that the claim of sleep disorder was Crockford's third attempt to explain why he did not slow down when approaching the traffic line.

The prosecutor also said that sleep apnea could be evaluated in custody.

Crockford, who occasionally needs a wheelchair and appeared through a video link with crutches behind his chair, started crying when the decision was read aloud.

He will have to appear before the local court of Dubbo on September 19.

The Crown argued that the claim of the sleep disorder was Crockford's third attempt to explain why he did not stop when approaching the traffic line (in the image: the accident that left two dead and ten injured)

The Crown argued that the claim of the sleep disorder was Crockford's third attempt to explain why he did not stop when approaching the traffic line (in the image: the accident that left two dead and ten injured)

The Crown argued that the claim of the sleep disorder was Crockford's third attempt to explain why he did not stop when approaching the traffic line (in the image: the accident that left two dead and ten injured)

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