A QUARRY worker died when his car slid on ice into an oncoming lorry, an inquest heard yesterday.
Manjur Seedat, 28, of Plover Drive, Batley, died when his Ford Focus collided with a lorry and a lamp-post on Soothill Lane, Batley, on January 24.
Huddersfield Coroner’s Court heard Mr Seedat, a married weighbridge operator, had died instantly from multiple head injuries.
Mr Seedat’s car had slid on ice and hit a kerb before bouncing into the path of an articulated lorry.
The inquest heard Mr Seedat had not been wearing a seatbelt and had been using his mobile phone to tell his boss he was running late when the accident occurred.
Several witnesses, including police collision investigator Ian Lampton, told the inquest the road had been icy where the crash had happened.
But Richard Bunney, a Kirklees Council civil engineer, said Soothill Lane had been gritted before the accident and could not explain why the road had become icy.
Recording a narrative verdict Coroner Roger Whittaker said: “This is a tragic case of a young man who was killed on his way to work in his motor car...
“He unexpectedly came across ice which caused him to lose control of the vehicle.
“In that impact with a heavy goods vehicle, which could have done nothing to evade this incident, he sustained multiple injuries which caused his almost instant death.”