Lorry driver who feel 'asleep' caused 'significant damage' in Antrim crash

Lorry driver who feel 'asleep' caused 'significant damage' in Antrim crash

A LORRY crashed into a central reservation causing "significant damage" including to a lamp post and a traffic sign in the Ballycraigy Road area of Antrim and a taxi driver then told police the vehicle was at Steeple Road in the town.

The lorry driver, Aleksander Borisov (36), of Dungannon Street in Moy, admitted charges of driving without due care and attention and failing to stop, remain and report an accident which happened at 7.20am on July 4 this year.

The defendant told police he had started work "very early" and was "tired and must have closed his eyes for a second or two when the collision had occured".

A defence lawyer said the defendant admitted he "may have fallen asleep momentarily".

At Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, the defendant was given nine penalty points and fined £425.