Lorry driver banned after accident

A IPSWICH lorry driver is banned from the road today after causing a two-car crash when his HGV veered across a carriageway.Viktor Wolf, of Coltsfoot Road, is disqualified from driving for 12 months after claiming he was unaware his 32-tonne strayed across the road.

A IPSWICH lorry driver is banned from the road today after causing a two-car crash when his HGV veered across a carriageway.

Viktor Wolf, of Coltsfoot Road, is disqualified from driving for 12 months after claiming he was unaware his 32-tonne strayed across the road.

Wolf, who had was convicted of dangerous driving, was also ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work by Judge Neil McKittrick at his Ipswich Crown Court sentencing.

The 39-year-old was found guilty after a trial in April.

Wolf, who was employed by Brett Gravel, was returning to his depot in Great Cornard on the A1071 when his lorry went across the single carriageway road.

It caused an oncoming motorist to collide with a car that had been travelling behind the lorry.

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Wolf had denied dangerous driving on May 12 last year, but was found guilty by a jury by an 11-1 majority verdict.

During his trial Ipswich Crown Court heard motorist Nicholas Salt, who was driving towards Ipswich, came round a bend to find a lorry coming towards him on the wrong side of the road.

Mr Salt swerved to avoid the HGV, but ended up colliding with an oncoming car driven by Dennis Redman, which had been travelling behind the lorry.

Mr Redman and Mr Salt's passenger were both injured.

Giving evidence Wolf said he had hands free equipment for his mobile phone in the lorry, but denied he had momentarily lost concentration and crossed double white lines while making a call.

He said he was not aware of crossing the lines in the centre of the road and said he had not realised that an accident had happened in the road behind him.

In addition to his ban and the community order, Wolf must pay �250 towards prosecution costs.