Inverness bin lorry crash: Man killed days after Glasgow tragedy claims six lives 31.12.14
THE man died in an accident in Inverness city centre early this morning.
A MAN died after being hit by a bin lorry today.
The victim was killed at a pedestrian crossing in Inverness city centre at 7.35am – just yards from the town hall.
Tonight, police had yet to release the man’s identity. (Tony Wallis)
Shocked onlookers saw the body lying on Bridge Street covered by a white plastic sheet before it was taken away at 9.30am.
It is the fourth fatal crash involving a bin lorry in Scotland in the last six weeks.
It’s understood that the lorry involved in yesterday’s crash belonged to Northern Recycling, based in Alness.
Roads around the scene were closed off as police began their investigation.
A New Year’s street celebration for children in Inverness was cancelled as a mark of respect.
The Wee Hot Highland Fling had been due to take place at the town hall at midday but was scrapped by organisers Highland Council.
But last night’s big Red Hot Highland Fling and a spectacular fireworks display to bring in the New Year were scheduled to go ahead as planned.
Donnie Kerr, councillor for the Inverness city centre, visited the scene.
He said: “It is a horrific accident and particularly so happening on the last day of the year.”
Police Scotland said: “Emergency services attended at the scene of the collision.
“Sadly, the pedestrian died at the scene as a result of his injuries.
“The driver of the lorry was not injured and did not require medical attention.” Police reopened the road at noon.
A force spokesman added: “A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
The man is the ninth person killed on Scottish roads in bin lorry accident since the end of November.
On November 22, lorry driver Maurice Willis, 58, was killed in South Queensferry as he tried to stop his vehicle when it rolled out of a pub car park on to a busy promenade.
And on December 3, 80-year-old wheelchair user Peter Wills died when he was hit by a bin lorry in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire.
On December 22, six people – five of them women – were killed when an out-of-control bin lorry careered down Queen Street and across George Square in Glasgow.