A LORRY driver who killed a family of four after he was distracted by his mobile phone has had his sentence appeal rejected.

Tomasz Kroker, 30, smashed into a row of stationary traffic on the A34 near Newbury in Berkshire at 50mph in August, 2016.

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The collision shunted the vehicle carrying Tracy Houghton, 45, her sons Ethan Houghton, 13, Josh Houghton, 11 and stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11, underneath a heavy goods vehicle.

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Their Vauxhall Corsa was crushed to a third of its size, immediately killing the family, from Bedfordshire, who had been on their way home after a camping trip.

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Kroker, 30, admitted he had been changing music on his phone at the time of the crash and was jailed for ten years for four counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

A further five people were injured in the collision.

It was revealed that the father-of-one had signed the declaration form on the same day as the crash promising that he would never use a hand-held mobile phone or hands-free kit while driving.

Kroker appealed the length of his sentence at the Court of Appeal but this was dismissed by Judge Brian Leveson on Friday.