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7 people are thought to have been seriously injured along with the 6 fatalities now confirmed by Glasgow Police after a Glasgow City Council refuse collection vehicle travelling north, along Queen street, ran into a group of Christmas shoppers then crashed into the front of the Millennium Hotel in George Square in Glasgow.
Vehicle is thought to have been at 'high speed' out of control crashed through a set of lights, hit a pedestrian and then mounted the pavement smashing into building frontages for about 300 metres or more mowing down several people.
The driver is alive and to hospital, taken ill possible heart attack, at the wheel.
A Major Incident Plan (Multi-Agency Operation) has been called, and an Emergency Triage Centre set up. The nearby Weatherspoon Pub cleared to use as a possible communications/victim relative meeting centre.
The Square has been cleared. Emergency services called to the scene after reports of a ‘terrible accident’. Blood Doners are being asked to come forward.
The area, next to Queen Street station, was closed by police just after 2.30pm on Monday. Police Scotland confirming at this stage not a criminal or deliberate act, ie not terrorist related. The injured taken to the 3 main Glasgow Hospitals.
Police Scotland issued then updated the following statement:
Major incident – George Square, Glasgow city centre
Published at 15:45hrs
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.
All casualties, including the driver of the bin lorry, have been taken to the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Western Infirmary.
If you have any concerns relating to this incident please call Police Scotland on 01786 289 070.