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Six pedestrians killed in Glasgow mishap

Six people were killed and others injured when a bin lorry apparently out of control ploughed into pedestrians in Glasgow, as the police declared the scene as a 'major incident' in an area that was densely populated with Christmas shoppers.

world Updated: Dec 22, 2014 23:34 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar

Six people were killed and others injured when a bin lorry apparently out of control ploughed into pedestrians in Glasgow city centre on Monday afternoon, as the police declared the scene as a 'major incident' in an area that was densely populated with Christmas shoppers.

Police Scotland said the area had been closed and emergency services had been deployed. Some reports from Glasgow said the lorry driver was seen slumped at the wheel. The police said it was an accident and did not suspect anything 'sinister' in the incident.

The police said in a statement: "About 1430 hours today, a Glasgow City Council bin lorry was travelling north on Queen Street when it appeared to strike pedestrians outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) before continuing to travel towards George Square, when it crashed at the Millennium Hotel on Queen Street at George Square".

It added: "There have been a number of fatalities and people injured. Emergency services are currently at the scene. Police have declared the scene a major incident. All roads in the surrounding area are closed and people are advised to stay away from George Square and make alternative travel arrangements".

Prime Minister David Cameron and the Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said their thoughts were with those affected by the incident, and added that they were in close tough with the emergency services.