Cumbria

Crash deaths on A7 'accidental', coroner rules

Ian Gordon McQueen was pronounced dead at the scene.
Image caption The coroner said Ian McQueen had been distracted while driving his lorry

A coroner has recorded twin verdicts of accidental death following a collision in which two people died last December.

Rebecca Rennie, 23, from Newcastleton, was travelling to Carlisle when the minibus she was in collided with a lorry on the A7 near Blackford.

Ian McQueen, 43, from Lochside, Dumfries, was the driver of the HGV. Both were killed in the collision.

Coroner Robert Chapman said Mr McQueen became distracted and crossed over the other side of the road.

'Empty and devastated'

The coroner also said there was no medical evidence Mr McQueen had suffered a heart attack, he had not fallen asleep at the wheel and he had not been using his mobile phone at the time of the collision with the minibus.

Image caption Rebecca Louise Rennie was travelling southbound on the A7 towards Carlisle

The minibus was travelling southbound on the A7 towards Carlisle and Mr McQueen, who was on a nightshift, was travelling north when the collision happened.

The cross border route was closed for several hours.

Mr McQueen's widow Laura said after the inquest her life one year on was "empty, devastated and (would) never be the same again".

Miss Rennie was described as a "lovely, bubbly girl".

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