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21 January 2016, 15:37
Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with a tipper truck crash that killed four people.
Phillip Potter, 19, and Matthew Gordon, 29, face a total of nine charges relating to the incident on Landsown Lane in Upper Weston, Bath, Somerset.
Four people died after being struck by the Scania truck carrying aggregate just after 4pm on February 9 last year. The red truck first hit and killed 4 year old Mitzi Rosanna Steady, and her grandmother Margaret Rogers, who suffered serious injuries.
It went on to collide with a number of vehicles on the road before overturning on to a Volvo at the bottom of the hill, killing the three men inside. They were Robert Parker, 59, from Cwmbran, electricity company director Philip Allen, 52, and taxi driver Stephen Vaughan, 34, both from Swansea.
Potter and Gordon, both of Dauntsey, Wiltshire, both appeared at Bath Magistrates' Court for a seven-minute hearing. They spoke only to give their names and addresses to the court and did not enter pleas to the nine charges against them.
Potter is accused of two charges of causing serious injury to Mrs Rogers, and Karla Brennan, by dangerous driving on February 9. The 19-year-old is charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving - one relating to Mitzi and the other to Mr Vaughan, Mr Parker and Mr Allen. Charges allege he was driving the HGV tipper truck "dangerously'' from an access road to Shorncote Quarry, along the Spine Road, on the M4, on the A46, the A420, Freezing Lane and Lansdown Lane.
Gordon faces five counts relating to the incident. He is accused of two charges of aiding or abetting the causing of serious injury, relating to Mrs Rogers and Karla Brennan. Gordon is charged with driving the HGV tipper truck dangerously on the same roads as Potter is alleged to have done so. He also faces two charges of aiding or abetting the causing of death by dangerous driving of Mitzi, Mr Vaughan, Mr Parker and Mr Allen.
Potter, of Little Middle Green Farm, and Gordon, of Chestnut Farm, will appear at Bristol Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on February 22.