Accidental death verdict on popular Tom

Tom Snape, Leyland
Tom Snape, Leyland

A coroner recorded an accidental death verdict on vintage truck enthusiast Tom Snape who died in hospital five months after being knocked off his bike.

The inquest at Preston heard the injuries suffered by 85-year-old former Leyland Motors worker in the accident last November were not responsible for his death.

Mr Snape, a founder of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum at Leyland, collided with a car at the junction of Preston Road and Moss Lane in the town on November 7, but he was never well enough to be discharged and died on April 5.

A friend of TV demolition star Fred Dibnah, Mr Snape was known throughout the country for his personal collection of commercial vehicles which he took to numerous shows.

He helped launch the Musem in Leyland in 1984 and was on his way there to do some part-time voluntary work when the accident happened.

Mr Snape, of Stanifield Lane, worked for Leyland Motors for more than 20 years between the forties and sixties. He was married to his wife Jean for 62 years.

At his funeral in April a procession of heritage vehicles followed the cortege as he was taken on his final journey on the back of a friend’s eight-wheeler Leyland Octopus truck.