On the 30th anniversary of Blackpool's worst tram crash, the son of the driver originally blamed for it has launched a campaign to posthumously fully clear his name. Six people were injured in the collision at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Darrell Pierre - who suffered multiple injuries in the head-on crash - fought his case and eventually a court ruled that Blackpool Transport should carry 80% of the responsibility for the accident. "I want to totally clear his name," says Stephen Pierre
The Trinidad born driver who died last year was a well liked character on the trams. When the accident happened on 22 July 1980, he was the only full time black employee at Blackpool Transport and well known for his smile and trademark hat
"The High Court ruled the primary cause of the accident was due to points incorrectly set by a conductor who has never been named," says Stephen. "I would like to visit my father's grave day one day and say, 'Look dad, they've apologised'."
Stephen Pierre explains why he is campaigning for an apology three decades on from the crash. "Six months before my dad died he finally gave me his blessing to go ahead and pursue it." He adds: "I want to put it bed."
A Blackpool Council spokesperson says: "As far as we're concerned the matter was concluded 25 years ago with a High Court Tribunal and no further comment needs to be made. The Courts decided 80% of blame should lie with the council and 20% with Mr Pierre."
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