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COURT: Company failed to train driver before fatal crash

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WASTE management company Cleanaway failed to properly train a driver involved in a horror fatal crash at the bottom of the South Eastern Freeway during his first week on the job, a court has heard.

The Adelaide Advertiser reported the man was driving a truck laden with sewage down the freeway for the first time when he lost control on the descent in August 2014.

Jacqueline Byrne, 41, and Thomas Spiess, 56, died when the truck ploughed into their cars at the intersection at the bottom of the freeway. The truck driver lost a leg in the crash.

Commonwealth workplace safety regulator Comcare is prosecuting Cleanaway over seven counts of failing to comply with a health and safety duty.

Defence counsel Mark Griffin QC entered not guilty pleas in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday.

Prosecutor Justin Hannebery QC told the court it was the driver's seventh day driving a truck on the road, his fifth day working at Cleanaway and his first day driving a truck down the freeway

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