Truck driver was detained for four years after he grabbed a drink and killed the teenager and his uncle
31-year-old truck driver who killed a teenager and his uncle when he reached a thermos flask for coffee is imprisoned for four years
- A truck driver was imprisoned for four years for a fatal accident in NSW in 2018
- Samuel McLean, 31, reached for a coffee and took his eyes off the road, heard the court
- Jack Langford, 19, and Adam Langford, 51, were tragically killed in the crash
A truck driver involved in a fatal crash on the M1 motorway after taking his eyes off the road to find a thermos for coffee has been imprisoned for at least two years and eight months.
Judge Tanya Bright of Gosford District Court said that the actions of Samuel McLean – killing Adam Langford and his 19-year-old cousin Jack Langford for 51 years – had “catastrophic and far-reaching” consequences.
Judge Bright described the impact of McLean’s motoring in mid-2018 as devastating and “truly immeasurable.”
Gosford District Court Judge Tanya Bright said the actions of Samuel McLean – who killed 51-year-old Adam Langford and his 19-year-old cousin Jack Langford – had “catastrophic and far-reaching” consequences
An NSW truck driver involved in a fatal accident on the M1 motorway after taking his eyes off the road to search for a thermos for coffee has been stuck for at least two years
A psychological report revealed that McLean really repented and accepted responsibility, the judge said Friday.
The report showed that discussing the accident was not good for McLean because it made him feel worse and led to an increase in the nightmares and insomnia he suffered.
McLean has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and post-accident anxiety.
The 31-year-old has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison with a non-conditional release of two years and eight months.
McLean drove a B-double Mack truck carton when he looked up and saw stationary traffic in Calga, west of Gosford, in July 2018.
Jack Langford, 19, also died in the car accident. It is believed that McLean was driving at 95-100 km / h when his truck collided with the ute
He braked hard but had no chance of stopping before he bumped into a line at the back of cars that got into the line.
The truck was driving on the back of the ute, causing the vehicle to go up in flames and to kill the two men inside.
McLean had initially passed a sign with flashing lights at the Mount White weigh station at 4.5 kilometers from the crash scene with the text ‘Traffic queued. Kariong from the driveway. Prepare to stop. “
He was driving between 95 km / h and 100 km / h when the crash occurred around 4.45 pm.
McLean, from Wallsend, pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving with death and one count of dangerous driving resulting in serious bodily injury.
Witnesses Alexander and Patricia Dengate had driven south on the M1 when they saw the truck in the left-hand lane.
Mrs. Dengate said to her husband: “Oh my god, that guy won’t stop. He doesn’t even slow down. “
Mr. Dengate answered, “What the hell is he doing?”
Five seconds later, they watched the truck drive in line. They heard an explosion and saw a wall of fire.
When McLean was arrested on the spot, he told the police: “I just drove down the hill and passed the bridge, I was a little thirsty. I looked down to grab my coffee. It was on my left hand within reach. I looked up and saw a car in front of me. I just hit it. I don’t even know if I have braked. “
Mobile phone data showed that McLean had called no one or sent a text message when the crash occurred. He had not been drinking or using drugs.
Adam Langford (photo) was killed in the crash, with his brother Peter remembering him as “one of the good ones”