Bin lorry mounts pavement in George Square causing number of fatalities
An incident is unfolding in George Square this afternoon where a number of Christmas shoppers may have been killed or injured just after 2.30pm by a bin lorry which reportedly mounted the pavement and came to rest at the entrance to Queen Street Station.
It appears from some reports that the driver may have been slumped over the wheel before the crash, but there is as yet no confirmation of the exact circumstances which led to the incident.
If you are shopping in the area then you are urged to phone home and let loved ones know that you are okay. The emergency services have asked that their lines are kept free for their own use.
Police Scotland issued this statement:
About 1430 hours today, Monday 22 December 2014, 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.
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.
As always Twitter was quick to react to the situation and these are some of the reports
— Rebecca Gray (@RGrayHT) December 22, 2014
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 22, 2014
— The Press & Journal (@pressjournal) December 22, 2014
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) December 22, 2014