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Glasgow bin lorry driver ‘sorry’ for his part in crash

A Glasgow bin lorry driver whose vehicle killed six people when it careered out of control has apologised for his part in the tragedy.

Harry Clarke, 62, told the Mail on Sunday he is still "devastated" and said "not a day goes by" when he does not think about the crash which happened days before Christmas in 2014.

Mr Clarke, speaking a week before the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, blacked out while behind the wheel in George Square on 22 December.

He was blamed for the crash in an official inquiry because he had not revealed his medical history, which included an episode where he was said to have fainted while working in a previous job as a bus driver.

Image: 2014: The bin lorry mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians in Glasgow

Mr Clarke told the newspaper: "I am devastated at what happened. There's all these poor people that are not here and those who were injured.

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"It has been made out that I don't care about what happened. There's not a day goes by I don't think about it.

"I'm sorry for the part I played in 2014. It was an accident. If I thought for a minute it was all my fault I'd jump off a bridge."

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