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Hatton truck crash death ruled ‘accidental’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

07/07/13 Call out to Sutton Lane RTC - Sutton Lane, Hatton Sutton Lane, Hatton - Road closed after a lorry crashed into a house

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A 21-YEAR-OLD farm worker who crashed his pick-up truck into a house fell asleep at the wheel and was above the drink-drive limit, an inquest into his death heard.

The Ford Ranger being driven by Daniel Hall hit a house in Sutton Lane, Hatton, at about 6.15am on Sunday, July 7 last year.

Mr Hall, of Foston, had worked a 12-hour shift the day before the accident at the dairy farm where he was employed.

He then went into Derby, where he drank around eight pints of lager before attempting to drive to work.

But Mr Hall dozed off at the wheel of his vehicle in an instance of ‘microsleep’, police believe.

The inquest into his death at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court heard he crashed through a hedge, fencing and then into the side of the house at at least 46mph.

A splinter of wood from the fencing went through the windscreen of the truck and severely injured Mr Hall.

He was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham but died on July 11.

Detective Constable Christopher Ronayne, a collision investigator for Derbyshire Police, said: “He was in a state of microsleep when he crashed.”

A sample was taken from Mr Hall which showed he had a blood alcohol level of 108 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal drink-drive limit is 80 milligrammes.

Matthew Byrne, the owner of the house which was crashed into, told the inquest of the scene that he awoke to.

He said: “I went outside and found the car wedged in the front of our house.

“I saw the piece of wood, but only after the first paramedic arrived and we moved Daniel out of the car.”

Deputy coroner Paul McCandless recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

Mr Hall’s brother Toby, speaking on behalf of the family, thanked those involved in trying to save his sibling.

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