A 20-YEAR-OLD who died on the A120 crashed his car into a lorry after straying onto the wrong side of the carriageway, an inquest has heard.

On September 18, Robbie Trundley was driving his Ford Fiesta on the eastbound side of the carriageway towards Colchester when he collided with an HGV heading in the opposite direction.

Following the impact, the Volvo lorry lost control and collided with a Ford Transit van which was driving behind Mr Trundley’s vehicle.

The driver sustained serious injuries and he remains in hospital.

Paramedics attended after the collision but Mr Trundley’s death was confirmed at the scene.

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At Chelmsford Coroner’s Court yesterday, the inquest heard from PC James Lee, of Essex Police’s forensic collision investigations unit.

He told the court physical evidence showed Mr Trundley, who lived in Biggleswade, strayed onto the opposite side of the road near Salmon’s Corner shortly after navigating a turn in the road.

However, he said there was no evidence to suggest he had lost control and no faults were found in any of the vehicles involved.

He said: “It is unlikely the driver of the HGV would have had time to react with limited options to avoid the Fiesta.

“Despite the reactions of the drivers in the lorry and the van there was nothing they could have done to avoid this collision.

He added: “It seems most likely Mr Trundley suffered a period of inattention or distraction.”

Data showed he was travelling at between 50 and 55 mph at the time of the crash. The limit is 60 mph.

Senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray ruled Mr Trundley died as a result of a road traffic collision.

She said: “A post mortem was carried out at Colchester Hospital and the cause of death was given as multiple injuries.

“It was perfectly routine to carry out a toxicology test and nothing untoward was found.

“In light of all the evidence which has been put before the court I shall record Robbie Trundley died as a result of a road traffic collision.

“Please can my sympathies be expressed to the family.”