Selby rail crash motorist guilty
LONDON, England -- A 37-year-old builder has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving over a UK rail crash in which 10 people died.
Gary Hart was found guilty on all ten counts of causing the deaths of six rail passengers and four train crew in the crash near Selby, North Yorkshire, on February 28 this year.
His Land Rover left the M62 motorway and crashed onto the east coast main line in the northern English county, causing an express train to collide with a loaded goods train.
The jury of seven women and five men at Leeds Crown Court reached the verdicts by a majority of ten to two after almost 12 hours of deliberation.
Earlier in the trial prosecutors said Hart had fallen asleep at the wheel after staying up all night chatting on the phone to a woman he met on the Internet.
The prosecution alleged that Hart was exhausted after spending all night talking to his new-found companion and fell asleep while driving.
Sentencing was delayed until January.
Hart had denied dangerous driving.
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