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HGV driver was distracted by Facebook and medieval fantasy game before fatal crash

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A distracted HGV driver killed two people after he used phone apps at the wheel, a court has heard.

James Majury is accused of using apps including Facebook, Sky Sports and Hustle Castle from when he set off until the moment of the crash – about 45 minutes into his journey.

A minibus from Pontville School, a special educational needs school in Ormskirk, was one of the vehicles involved in the collision on the M58 at Bickerstaffe, Lancashire, on 8 January 2019.

Joe Cairns, 14, from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, and staff member Anne Kerr, 50, from Southport, died from their injuries.

Majury pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and five counts of causing serious injury.

The crash involved an HGV, a minibus and a number of other vehicles
Image:The crash involved an HGV, a minibus and a number of other vehicles

Prosecutor Francis McEntee said Majury was “voluntarily distracted” leading up to the tragedy and had reacted “no more than half a second” before impact.

The court heard that messages were also exchanged during his journey.

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