THE victims of a horror bus crash at Elizabeth Town last year have vented their anger at the truck driver who caused it.
Harvey John Charnock, 55, of Queensland, was incarcerated yesterday after losing his appeal to stay out of jail.
Charnock was sentenced to nine months' jail, with three months suspended, in June for killing three cancer patients and severely injuring four other people by negligent driving. He immediately appealed against the sentence.
The experienced driver had failed to secure a trailer which decoupled from his truck on the Bass Highway, smashing into an oncoming Cancer Council minibus.
Minibus passengers Lyn Lutwyche, 65, John Dickson, 69, and Dorothy Butters, 84, were returning from cancer treatment in Launceston when they were killed in the crash.
Yesterday Justice Robert Pearce dismissed Charnock's appeal, which had argued that the sentence was manifestly excessive.
Outside the Supreme Court in Launceston, survivors and family members of those who died said Charnock's appeal demonstrated a lack of remorse.
``Work it out, three people died - 61 days a life - that's not a penalty,'' said Maverick Tours, who was driving the Cancer Council bus.
``He is a bloody cowboy and he should have been addressed as a cowboy.
``He played Russian roulette with passengers' lives.''
Mr Tours was seriously injured in the crash and now bears a large scar running across his body.
Magistrate Simon Brown found that Mr Tours could in no way have avoided the crash.
Lyn Lutwyche's son James said yesterday's result would not bring his mother and the other victims back.
``He is going to get a feeling of how we feel not seeing our loved ones (but) he is only going to be missing his family for six months - we've got forever,'' Mr Lutwyche said.
``He didn't even want to offer an apology.''
Charnock pleaded guilty to causing death and grievous bodily harm by negligent driving and other traffic offences before Mr Brown.
Charnock was charged after failing to attach the trailer's safety chain to the truck on the day of the accident.
He had been returning from the Railton Cement Factory to Prospect when the trailer decoupled and slammed into the bus.
At the time Charnock was working at Jones Enviro Services at Prospect and the trailer he was using had no shackle on the safety chain to attach it to the truck.
His appealed failed on all grounds, with Justice Pearce finding that the sentence was a``high one'' but not manifestly excessive.
Victims and family members of the dead attended court yesterday and clapped quietly when Charnock was led away.