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Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety:

Sleep Apnoea (Road Deaths) Date: May 13, 2009

Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): On 8 August 2006, 25-year-old Toby Tweddell set off to work along the M62 near Liverpool. On the way, a lorry ploughed into his car, and as a result of the accident Toby died. The lives of his family and friends were devastated: his fiancee Jenny, parents Monica and Nic, his uncle, my constituent Seb Schmoller, and many others. It was a dreadful day, too, for Colin Wrighton, the lorry driver who killed Toby. He had fallen asleep at the wheel of his vehicle, which crashed into a line of cars.

Colin Wrighton had seen his doctor just five months earlier complaining of tiredness. Tests to find out whether he was diabetic returned negative, and he was told he was probably suffering from stress. The medical profession’s failure to diagnose sleep apnoea and refer Colin Wrighton to a consultant in sleep medicine meant that he has had to come to terms with the awful result of the accident that he caused.

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