Trucker for Bathgate firm died after lorry toppled in high winds and landed on wall

A 62-year-old man was killed after the lorry he was driving overturned in high winds and landed on a dry stone wall.


John Docherty died following the accident – involving a Mercedes Actros articulated lorry and no other vehicles – while travelling north on the A73 Roberton to Lanark road, shortly before 2am on March 13 in 2019.

A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) determination by Sheriff Nikola Stewart said the cause of death was multiple injuries due to the collision.

The sheriff’s report said: “The accident was caused by the impact of adverse weather conditions involving heavy rain, poor visibility and strong gusts of wind of up to 75 mph which caught the lightly loaded curtain sided tri-axle trailer being drawn by the Mercedes Actros articulated lorry… causing the lorry to topple onto its offside.

Source – Edinburgh News