A MAN broke down in tears in the High Court today as he told of the final moments before a horror crash that claimed the lives of four of his friends.
Portuguese national Paulo Branco said he dreams about the crash on a bad bend where four of his colleagues lost their lives four years ago.
The driver of the car and three back seat passengers were killed in the collision with a lorry at a railway bridge on the Tandragee Road, outside Newry, Co Down.
Mr Branco who was the front seat passenger said the car driver shouted he had no space to go anymore and he could not get away.
"I remember everything. I dream about it," Mr Branco told the court.
Mr Branco was giving evidence in an action taken by Sandra Alves, a sister of the car driver Ricardo Manuel Da Silva Alves as a result of the death of her brother.
Ms Alves has sued Haulage Services Ltd of Carrickfergus Road, Ballynure, Ballyclare, Co Antrim, and the lorry driver David Rockett of Merston Gardens, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, as a result of the accident on August 23, 2009.
The men who died were all from Northern Portugal and were living and working in Dublin on the Airport Terminal 2 at the time.
Ms Alves, who lives in the UK, has claimed the truck was driven on the incorrect side of the road and allegedly crossed or partially crossed the dividing white line on the carriageway. The defendants deny the claims and say the lorry was at all times on the right side of the road.
Mr Justice Kevin Cross will first decide on the issue of liability in the case.
In evidence, Mr Branco said on the date of the accident he and the others were travelling to visit his family who lived in Portadown.
He said he was in the back seat first but when they stopped for petrol, he moved to the front seat.
As they approached the railway bridge and bend, he said he told Ricardo to slow down and he did.
"I saw the truck and there was nothing we could do," he said.
Mr Branco said he told Ricardo to go to the left. Ricardo, he said had been driving normally.
"There was no space for us to go. Ricardo said he could not get get away anymore. He said I don't have time. They were his last words. I never saw him again."
The accident, he said said occurred about a metre in under the railway bridge.
Counsel for the defendants, Anthony Kidney SC, put it to Mr Branco that the car went out of control and went over on the incorrect side of the road. Mr Branco answered that was impossible.
The case continues.