An Adelaide truck driver charged with causing the death of two people in a road crash will go to trial in October next year.
Darren Michael Hicks appeared in the District Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing harm over the horrific crash at the base of Adelaide's South Eastern Freeway in 2014.
Hicks was driving a sewage truck which ploughed into three stationary cars, the impact killing Jacqueline Byrne, 41, and Thomas Speiss, 56, and injuring a third person.
In a previous hearing in the Adelaide Magistrates Court defence lawyer Mark Twiggs argued the 32-year-old had no case to answer on any charges telling the court the "terrible incident" would not have occurred had the brakes on the truck been working property.
But a prosecutor said Hicks was to blame for the incident because road rules meant he should not have used the foot brakes at all on the descent into Adelaide.
Instead, he should have selected a gear to limit the truck's speed and then used the engine to slow its progress.
The court heard that Hicks had only been trained on how to properly bring a truck down such a descent eight weeks before the crash and had no experience in navigating the freeway in any truck.
The circumstances of the crash prompted an immediate inquest which heard the truck was travelling at an estimated 151km/h just before the crash.
The coroner's recommendations prompted the state government to cut speed limits on the freeway for the descent into Adelaide, with trucks restricted to 60km/h and cars 90km/h.
Hicks will return to the District Court for a directions hearing in December.
His trial next year is expected to take between five and seven days.