Cumbria

Man denies causing soldiers' deaths in Cumbria

Scene of A66 crash
Image caption The two soldiers died when an Army ambulance collided with a lorry on the A66

A lorry driver has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of two soldiers on the A66 in Cumbria.

Pte Jim Austin, 24, and L/Sgt David Gartland, 40, died when an Army ambulance collided with a lorry on the A66 at Stainmore on 1 September 2011.

Colin Pattison, 52, of Newclose Lane, Goole, North Humberside, denied two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Carlisle Crown Court.

He was bailed with a trial expected to take place on 3 September.

Pte Austin was from Catterick, North Yorkshire and L/Sgt Gartland of the Grenadier Guards, was from Ashton under Lyne in Greater Manchester.

They were returning to Catterick Garrison where they were both based, after a training exercise.

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