End of the Road in Court Crash Case
Tuesday 16th February 2016 @ 11:59 by Lee Wild

A lengthy court case into a serious accident in the centre of Glossop has finally reached the end of the road.

Charges were brought against tow truck driver Michael Bowcock and the recovery firm he was working for following the accident which happened back in May 2014.

The tow truck was pulling a broken down bus when it collided with a row of shops in Victoria Street, Glossop, at tea time on a busy Tuesday evening.

The single decker Stagecoach bus, which was being hauled to a depot from Hayfield, took out the shop fronts of taxi firm Padtax and the Red Dragon take-away.

While the recovery truck ended up wedged between a lamp post and the street corner of Lloyds Bank.
Miraculously nobody was seriously injured and following the crash Mick was hailed a hero for managing to avoid town centre traffic, something Glossop people said had saved lives.

He said the brakes had failed as he travelled down the Chunal hill.


HAILED A HERO: Tow truck driver Michael Bowcock


A Facebook appeal was even set up by local residents to raise funds to thank him for his brave actions, with collection boxes placed at local businesses.

At a court last week the recovery firm was eventually acquitted of two charges brought against it.

GM Recovery Ltd, based on the Froxmer Street Industrial Estate, Manchester, was cleared of two charges relating to brakes and the way the load was secured, following a trial, held over three days before a District Judge sitting at the magistrates court in Buxton.

Similar charges against the driver, Michael, 45, of The Glen, Middleton, were dismissed back in December last year after no evidence was offered.

Both the firm and Michael had denied all charges throughout the lengthy legal proceedings.