The truck driver who killed three cancer patients travelling on the Bass Highway in Elizabeth Town last year will spend the next six months in jail after losing an appeal.
Harvey John Charnock, 55, of Queensland was taken in to custody yesterday after Justice Robert Pearce found his sentence was a ``high one'' but not manifestly excessive.
Charnock was sentenced to nine months jail, with three months suspended, in June after pleading guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court to causing death and grievous bodily harm by negligent driving.
Lyn Lutwyche, 65, John Dickson, 69, and Dorothy Butters, 84, were killed in September 2012 when their Cancer Council bus returning from Launceston was hit by a trailer that had detached from Charnock's truck.
Four others were seriously injured.
An investigating found Charnock had failed to attach the trailer's safety chain to the trailer.
At the time Charnock was working at Jones Enviro Services in Prospect and the trailer he was using had no shackle on the safety train to attach it to the truck.
``(Magistrate Simon Brown) was entitled to conclude, that even for a person of otherwise good character, the gravity of the offence and the need to condemn and deter others from such negligence required imposition of a sentence of actual imprisonment,'' Justice Pearce said in Launceston's Supreme Court today.