A COUNCIL lorry driver is suing his employer after crashing when his brakes allegedly failed.
Alfred Simpson was left with five broken ribs after he went off the B9005 Fyvie to Methlick road.
The lorry crossed the road, hit a grass bank and ended up on its side.
Mr Simpson, from Ellon, is seeking damages of around £10,000 from Aberdeenshire Council at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
The 64-year-old said he believed a “fault in the braking system” caused the lorry – which had been hired – to go out of control.
Mr Simpson was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the accident in March last year.
He was in his hospital for four days and off work for four months, and said he still suffers from a sore neck.
A spokesman for his solicitors Digby Brown said: “Liability is denied by Aberdeenshire Council, which is why we have raised a court action.”
A council spokesman said: “As this is an ongoing legal matter Aberdeenshire Council can not comment at this time.”