Glasgow bin lorry crash – latest news – Telegraph.co.uk

By Tom Brooks-Pollock

6:35PM GMT 22 Dec 2014

At
least six people have died, seven injured after bin lorry crashes into group
of pedestrians on George Square

• Police were called at around 2.30pm to the crash on the busy square in
the centre of town

• Lorry out of control for 300 metres, mounted pavement “at 70mph”
• Hit pedestrian near Gallery of Modern Art, smashed into hotel next to
Queen Street railway station

• Witness accounts describe lorry knocking people, reportedly including
baby in buggy, down “like pinballs”

• Anyone with concerns for relatives can call 01786 289070, police call on
shoppers to contact relatives to let them know they are safe

Latest

19.06 We’ve created a graphic map of the accident.

18:57 Police have said that it’s still not clear how many people have
been injured. But it is likely to be “no more than 10”. The driver
is being treated in hospital too, according to reports.

Latest from Police Scotland: It’s still unclear how many people were injured in the George Square lorry crash http://t.co/eo4aPbkeIy

— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 22, 2014

18.35 The seven seriously injured are being treated at three hospital
across Glasgows, ITV News reports. Emergency services say they expect number
of fatalities to rise. Many reports are also pointing to the fact that
George Square was hosting a carnival, including a fairground and ice-rink.

18:25 BBC News at Six just reported that Glasgow Council offered to
turn off the Christmas lights as a mark of respect. But police asked for
them to be kept on because it was helping the investigation.

18:15 A temporary taxi rank has been set up in Glasgow.

A temporary taxi rank has been requested & is set up at Dundas St & Cathedral St (just underneath Buchanan Galleries)

— Glasgow Taxis (@glasgow_taxis) December 22, 2014

18:05 It’s not clear yet who the deceased are, or how old they are. We
await the promised further update from Police Scotland later for more
details.

17:55 As well as reports of a baby in buggy being hit, a local shop
owner told Sky News that the lorry narrowly missed a mother and baby.

George Square Crash: Local shop owner says a mother with a baby narrowly missed being hit by the lorry http://t.co/o2hjG3QPBM

— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 22, 2014

17:47 Police Scotland have now confirmed that six people have died.

Sadly, six people have died as a result of the #GeorgeSquare major road incident. A further update will be issued in due course.

— Police Scotland (@policescotland) December 22, 2014

17:43 Another picture from the scene:

17:39 Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson, local
policing commander for the west, told the Press Association: “Investigations
continue into the circumstances of the tragic incident in George Square
today. While those investigations are continuing, we can confirm that this
is not a terrorism-related incident.”

17:34 The Mirror has a quote from comedian Janey Godley (whose tweets
we quoted at 15:40) describing the scene as “like something out of a
horror movie”.

She said: “It was like something out of a horror movie. The traffic
poles in Queen Street were bent like straws as they had been run over by
vehicles. I heard there was a taxi involved as well as the bin lorry and
when I reached the scene I couldn’t see the bin lorry.

“I saw one person on the ground being given CPR in Queen Street and
then another two. It was really awful and you could hear the screams above
the sirens.”

17:32 A member of the public recorded a video of the immediate
aftermath of the crash.

17:11 Cllr Matheson’s full statement: “This is a terrible
tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected,
particularly the families of those who have lost their lives.

“My priority now is to do what we can to support everyone involved and
to give every assistance to the police and other emergency services as they
investigate this incident and care for those who are injured.”

17:10 Eyewitnesses have been telling Sky News that the out-of-control
lorry was travelling as fast as 70mph.

17:08 Glasgow City Council’s Twitter feed has tweeted a message from
leader Gordon Matheson. The bin lorry belongs to the council.

Council Leader: This is a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

— Glasgow City Council (@GlasgowCC) December 22, 2014

Council Leader: Our priority now is to support everyone involved and give assistance to emergency services.

— Glasgow City Council (@GlasgowCC) December 22, 2014

Council comment following incident in George Square, Monday 22 December 2014 http://t.co/tkyXjqoIjy

— Glasgow City Council (@GlasgowCC) December 22, 2014

17:04 Superintendent Stewart Carle of Police Scotland has told the
Press Association that the lorry hit several pedestrians as it careered
along the road.

He said: “I can’t confirm how many fatalities there have been because
it is over a number of sites.

“It’s a road traffic accident, nothing more sinister.

“For now it does not look to be a criminal or deliberate act that has
taken place here this afternoon, but we need to have time to investigate it.”

He said that it appeared “at least” seven people had been seriously
injured but warned that “that number may rise”

The driver of the bin lorry has also been taken to hospital and is receiving
treatment, the officer said.

But in the wake of speculation that the driver had collapsed at the wheel of
the lorry, Mr Carle said he could not comment on what he was being treated
for.

He told how police “will be here now for many hours and throughout the
night as we investigate the scene and eventually as we recover the dead”.

Mr Carle said: “It’s difficult for all the emergency services but
particularly for those people who have been in Glasgow today shopping and
getting ready for Christmas. There will be a lot of distressed people and
certainly the city will need to come round those people that have been
traumatised by the incident.

“But our officers, the ambulance officers, the fire officers, the city
council officers they are all working together as quickly as possible to
bring the scene to a conclusion.”

He stated: “It is a road traffic collision with multiple fatalities, it’s
a terrible incident, but we don’t believe there is anything at this juncture
that is sinister about the accident.

“We have the road closed off from Ingram Street and Queen Street to
George Square. We are currently starting a joint investigation with the
criminal investigation department as to what has happened here this
afternoon.”

Mr Carle said that at “about 2.30pm a Glasgow City Council bin lorry was
travelling north on Queen Street outside the Gallery of Modern Art when it
was in a collision with a pedestrian”.

“The bin lorry then has continued north on Queen Street, it would appear
to have gone up on the footway and there have been a number of other
pedestrians it has collided with.”

17:02 Eyewitnesses are telling Sky News that some people were thrown as
far as 15 metres after being hit by the lorry, which belongs to Glasgow
Council. They say it was travelling at high speed.

17:00 Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said: “I share
Scotland’s deep shock at the horrible events in Glasgow this afternoon.

“On the eve of the festive period, these are unimaginable scenes in
one of the busiest parts of our largest city.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved, the emergency services dealing
with the aftermath and everyone affected by this terrible incident.”

16:58 The former First Minister, Alex Salmond has tweeted about the
tragedy.

Thoughts & prayers with all those caught up with tragic accident in Glasgow.

— Alex Salmond (@AlexSalmond) December 22, 2014

16:52 Reece Miller, 16, a student from Motherwell, who was Christmas
shopping, told Auslan Cramb, our Scottish Correspondent: “I’m
traumatised. We were having lunch on the corner of the square when we heard
a loud bang. The building we were in was shaking.

“I looked through the window. We saw that a lorry had crashed into the
side of the building. I think it hit a car and then a number of shoppers. We
went out and saw lots of bodies lying on the floor.

“At the scene there was a woman lying on the floor, covered by a blanket.
Her family were leaning over her grieving.”

16:51 Nicola Sturgeon tweets:

If you are in city centre, you will be helping emergency services by making contact with relatives to tell them you are ok. #georgesquare

— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 22, 2014

16:49 Miss Davidson points out that the area of the crash was the
beating heart of the city, points out that Glasgow is second only to London
in terms of its attractiveness as shopping destination.

16:45 Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative leader, told Sky News just
now that she was out shopping in Glasgow. She added that people were
stopping traffic and giving first aid before the eemrgency services. “This
is a city where if you see someone in trouble, you put your arm around them,”
she added.

16:44 Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon, tweets her
condolences.

So saddened to hear of the fatalities in dreadful #georgesquare crash in Glasgow – thinking of the families involved http://t.co/pjWA6qx6fx

— Sarah Brown (@SarahBrownUK) December 22, 2014

16:42 Anjen Luthra, an eyewitness, says that members of the public
rushed to the aid of the injured, and attempted to administer first aid,
before emergency services arrived.

16:38 Updates from Police Scotland. Anyone worried about their
relatives can call the dedicated Police Scotland number, 01786 289070.

Police Scotland update regarding #GeorgeSquare incident. pic.twitter.com/mqtwOuySGv

— Police Scotland (@policescotland) December 22, 2014

All casualties from #GeorgeSquare incident taken to S.General Hosp, Royal Infirmary & W.Infirmary. cc @Scotambservice pic.twitter.com/pzz03AvQr1

— Police Scotland (@policescotland) December 22, 2014

16:35 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tweeted her condolences and
urged shoppers in the centre of Glasgow to let their loved ones know they
are OK.

My thoughts with everyone involved in dreadful #GeorgeSquare incident. If you are in city centre, please let your relatives know you are ok.

— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 22, 2014

16:33 Police say that the lorry travelled 300 yards along the pavement,
Sky News reports.

16:32 The Millenium Hotel has been evacuated, while a nearby pub has
been cleared so that loved ones of the injured have somewhere to go. A
spokesman for the hotel told Sky News that no guests had been injured, but
that there were fears that gas pipes had been damaged. Hence the evacuation.

16:31 Sky News reports that at least six have lost their lives, at
least seven further injured.

16:30 This cabbie has offered anyone affected who can’t get to hospital
or home a free ride

Ok Twitter do ur stuff.
I’m working in town, any1 directly affected by 2days tragedy &
cant get home or 2 hospital, i’ll take them for free


David Farrell (@davidfarrellfaz) December
22, 2014

16:27 The Prime Minister is being kept “fully briefed” on the
accident.

I’m being kept fully briefed on the major incident in Glasgow. My thoughts are with the families of those involved & the emergency services.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 22, 2014

16:25 As Auslan, Jim Murphy and others have pointed out, this accident
comes just over a year after a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha
Vaults bar in the centre of Glasgow, killing all three on board the aircraft
and seven customers.

16:21 Here’s the video from Sky News of Melanie Greig, an eyewitness,
who says she saw people being “knocked down like pinballs”. She
says that a baby in a buggy and two litte children were among the
casualties.

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16:14 Another witness, Lewis Irvine, a 17-year-old student, has told
Auslan that he saw the lorry “swerving along the road” and hit “at
least half a dozen people” before going into the hotel. Lewis said he
could see the driver at the wheel and it “looked like he was having a
fit or something”.

16:12 Police Scotland have confirmed that the driver of the bin lorry
had been treated in hospital, Auslan reports. But the police would not
whether he was hurt in the crash or had fallen ill before the incident.

16:09 Findlay Mair, 23, a journalist who witnessed the crash, has told
Auslan that he was helping to prepare for a photo-shoot in the crowded
square when he heard a “huge bang followed by lots of screaming”.

“The screaming kept of going,” Mr Mair adds, and “suddenly it
was just chaos”.

Mr Mair added: “Some people were running towards the scene, others
were just standing stock still, in shock.

“I saw one girl who had been hit, lying on the ground. She got up, and
blood was pouring from her mouth, then she went down again.

“She was young, of student age. She just screamed, and screamed, and
then fell down again. She had terrible injuries.

“There was Christmas shopping littered everywhere, among the bodies
and bits of the vehicle. And there was blood everywhere. Time seemed to
stand still. It was a terrible, terrible scene.”

16:06 Auslan Cramb, our Scottish Correspondent, writes: “The
lorry is thought to have travelled around 150 yards along the pavement
before hitting the hotel and coming to rest.

“It is understood to have hit one pedestrian near the Gallery of
Modern Art before striking a group of shoppers waiting to cross the road
outside Queen Street Station.

“Some people said they managed to jump out of the way of the vehicle
as it came towards them.”

16:05 Politicians have been tweeting their condolences to the injured.
Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, said that “my thoughts are with all
those affected by this horrific accident”.

Terrible news from
Glasgow – my thoughts are with all those affected by this horrific
accident.

— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) December
22, 2014

Awful news from George
Square in Glasgow. So close to Christmas…truly tragic. My thoughts
& prayers are with the families.

— Tim Farron
(@timfarron) December
22, 2014

15:58 As Auslan reported earlier (15:47), one of the casualties is
thought to be a baby who was in a buggy.

Eyewitness tells @jamesmatthewsky that a
baby in a buggy was involved in the crash #Glasgow


Niall Paterson (@skynewsniall) December
22, 2014

15:57 Mr Murphy was doing his Christmas shopping close to where the
accident happened.

He told the Glasgow Evening Times: “I walked across George Square
about an hour ago. I’m just hearing what people are saying, obviously it has
been a major incident with very serious casualties. Multiple emergency
services are on the scene. It is just awful.

“They can’t be in better hands and all of the emergency services are
on the scene.

“To be standing here in the Christmas drizzle, there is a very sombre
mood. Just a short while ago everyone had a smile on their face.”

15:56 Peter Adam Smith has taken a Vine of the scene.

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15:54 Nigel Farage tweets:

Deeply concerned to hear of bin lorry collision with pedestrians in Glasgow. Thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 22, 2014

15:53 A map of the area where the accident happened:

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15:52 Duncan Bannatyne has also taken to Twitter following the crash.

My thoughts are with everyone effected by the tragic accident in Glasgow.

— Duncan Bannatyne (@DuncanBannatyne) December 22, 2014

15:47 Auslan Cramb, our Scottish Correspondent, writes: “Bystanders
reported seeing bodies lying on the street on one of the busiest shopping
days of the year. A triage centre was set up on the square to treat the
injured.

“George Smith, a local restaurateur, said he had heard rumours that
the driver may have fallen ill and that the bin lorry may have hit another
vehicle.

“It was reported to have gone through a set of traffic lights before
crashing into shoppers.

“The incident happened just after 2.30pm in one of the busiest city
centre areas in Scotland. The square, which has now been closed by the
emergency services, plays host to a fair at this time of year and Queen
Street Station, beside the crash scene, brings thousands of shoppers to
Glasgow every day.

“Melanie Greig, a shopper, told Sky News: “The lorry just lost
control, it just went along the pavement knocking people down like pinballs.
There was a baby in a buggy, there were two little kids. It travelled for
150 or 200 yards, it just continued on the pavement, the only way it stopped
was hitting the building. There were noises, bangs and screams. It was a
horrific thing, just horrible.””

15:45 New Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has tweeted about the
crash. His tweet was retweeted by Ed Miliband.

There is a major incident in Glasgow’s George Square. Multiple emergency services on the scene. Thoughts & prayers with everyone injured.

— Jim Murphy (@jimmurphymp) December 22, 2014

15:40 Comedian Janey Godley witnessed the immeidate aftermath of the
crash.

Utter horrific carnage people on ground getting triage street poles smashed into pavement emergency services all over it #georgessquare

— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) December 22, 2014

Local shop keeper says bin lorry and taxi involved & lorry mounted pavement #georgessquare

— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) December 22, 2014

Yes I was at G square in immediate aftermath it’s not something I ever want to see again – wandered in with music on before tape went up

— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) December 22, 2014

Five people feared dead at Georges square road accident #thoughtsandrespect emergency services were and are amazing

— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) December 22, 2014

15:38 The Press Association writes: “Restaurant owner George Smith
told the BBC he had heard that the bin lorry driver had suffered a heart
attack and the vehicle had careered along the street before hitting the
pedestrians outside the Millennium Hotel.

“He said that the emergency services were on the scene within minutes,
adding: “It’s really, really sad.”

15:37 Another shot of the scene.

Bin lorry mounts pavement and crashes into group of pedestrians in Glasgow city centre http://t.co/QQu74kCR45 pic.twitter.com/1CdGyCdKpZ

— Evening Standard (@standardnews) December 22, 2014

15:33 One witness, Brett Molloy, has tweeted seeing bodies in the road
and “traffic lights down”.

Whole of George square is shut off, bodies on the road. Scary man pic.twitter.com/iYDw297wdl

— Brett Molloy (@BMol14loy) December 22, 2014

15:30 Glasgow city centre was packed with shoppers at the time of the
crash. Many witnesses have tweeted about it and taken picture of the scene
on their smartphones.

Awful scenes from #GeorgeSquare in #Glasgow Thoughts with all those affected. #UnitedWeStand #PeopleMakeGlasgow pic.twitter.com/zOdIKStvuF

— Abid S (@OriginalAby) December 22, 2014

6 people are confirmed dead after a bin lorry crashed into George Square in Glasgow http://t.co/rtAMGKmeew pic.twitter.com/tfzMMYcFTa

— Just Dean (@DeanScott01) December 22, 2014

15:14 Hello, welcome to the Telegraph’s live blog, which will supply
updates after a bin lorry mounted the pavement on George Square in Glasgow
on Monday afternoon.

Early detais are sketchy, but there are reports of several casualties and six
people are feared dead.

You can read our initial news story here.

We are attending a serious road incident at George Square in Glasgow, which occurred at 2.30pm. More updates to follow.

— Police Scotland (@policescotland) December 22, 2014

Road accident George Square – please avoid the area

— GlasgowCityPolice (@GlasgowCPolice) December 22, 2014

Diversions/road closures in place at George Square – please avoid the area to allow rescue

— GlasgowCityPolice (@GlasgowCPolice) December 22, 2014

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