Glasgow shopping horror: Six killed, seven injured

AT least six people have died and seven others have been seriously injured after a bin lorry lost control and crashed into a group of people in Glasgow city centre, according to police.

The vehicle was travelling north on Queen Street at around 2:30pm, when it mounted the pavement and hit the side of the Millennium Hotel in George Square, where pedestrians were waiting to cross the road outside Queen Street Station.

Witnesses described how the truck careered 150 yards along the pavement, knocking down victims "like pinballs" in one of Glasgow's busiest areas.

Police Scotland have confirmed that six people have died.

Earlier in the day, Superintendent Stewart Carle of Police Scotland said "at least" seven people were seriously injured.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear but there were unconfirmed reports that the driver, who survived, might have suffered a heart attack.

Mr Carle said the driver is receiving hospital treatment, but would not comment on speculation that he or she had fallen ill at the wheel.

All those injured were taken to the three main hospitals in the city: Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the Southern General and the Western Infirmary.

Attempting to reassure the public, Mr Carle told reporters at the scene that the incident was a road traffic accident, and "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.

He added the police will remain on the scene "for many hours and throughout the night as we investigate the scene and eventually as we recover the dead".

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