Bin lorry deaths: Names of Glasgow crash victims released


Jack Sweeney and his wife Lorraine with their granddaughter Erin McQuade - SO SAD..R.I.P

Jack Sweeney and his wife Lorraine with their granddaughter Erin McQuade – SO SAD..R.I.P

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30583678

Police have released the names of the six people who were killed by an out-of-control bin lorry in Glasgow. Jack Sweeney, 68, his wife Lorraine, 69, and their 18-year-old granddaughter Erin McQuade, all from Dumbarton, were among the dead. Gillian Ewing, 52, from  my city Edinburgh, Stephenie Tait, 29, and Jacqueline Morton, 51, both of Glasgow, also died. The council bin lorry crashed in George Square after careering from Queen Street at 14:30 on Monday. Ten other people, including the lorry driver, were injured in the crash. I am sitting here in tears…..My country mourns at a time where there should be joy, fun, family and more. Christmas won’t be the same in Scotland, especially Glasgow. These are my people and me theirs, we are one today, Scotland has came together as one and we will do whatever it takes to help the people who have lost, many families will be in hell today. My heart and soul goes out to them. I know your’s does also. Being Scottish is a proud thing and today I am broken hearted for my Country. We shall pull through, we will be strong, it’s who we are

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Leads Tributes To Glasgow Bin Lorry Tragedy Victims

‘Tragic incident’

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Police said four casualties were being treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. One is in a critical condition, one is serious but stable, one is stable and the other is expected to be discharged later. A further casualty is in a stable condition at the city’s Western Infirmary. A sixth casualty is expected to be discharged later from the Southern General Hospital. Ch Supt Andy Bates, of Police Scotland, said: “This is a tragic incident which occurred in the heart of Glasgow city centre at a time when people were preparing for the festive season. My thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved. “My officers will continue to work with partner agencies to investigate the cause of the incident. If anyone has any information that may assist our inquiries please contact Police Scotland.

“I’m also aware that some members of the public may have video or images of the incident and it would be helpful if they could send them to georgesquareincident@scotland.pnn.police.uk A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.” It is believed Mr Sweeney had previously lived in Ontario, in the east of Canada, where he was president of Bramalea Celtic supporters club.

Minute’s silence

A statement posted on the Bramalea Celtic supporters club Facebook page said: “It is with great shock and sadness we share with you our friend and past president Jack Sweeney, his wife Lorraine and granddaughter Erin were victims of today’s tragedy in Glasgow. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the Sweeney family.” Celtic FC said it would hold a minute’s silence in memory of the dead before Saturday’s home game against Ross County. And many other clubs I am sure will follow.

Our first minister Nicola Sturgeon at the scene. I have a video of her crying, holding a loved one of one who passed, I can't and won't share

Our first minister Nicola Sturgeon at the scene. I have a video of her crying, holding a loved one of one who passed, I can’t and won’t share

Mr and Mrs Sweeney’s granddaughter Erin was a student at Glasgow University and worked at Cameron House. The hotel said in a statement: “Cameron House Hotel and Resort are saddened to hear we have lost one of our brightest and dedicated members of housekeeping staff, Erin McQuade. “We want to offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Erin and to all those who have been affected by the tragic events at George Square yesterday.”

‘Sadly missed’

Tributes were also paid to Stephenie Tait, a Glasgow University graduate, who worked as a teacher at St Philomena’s Primary in the Provanmill area of Glasgow.

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Headteacher Catherine Gallagher said: “The entire school community is deeply saddened by this tragic news. “Stephenie was an excellent young teacher, dedicated to the children. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time. “We will be supporting colleagues in every way possible. Stephenie made a wonderful contribution to the life of St Philomena’s. She will be sadly missed by both pupils and staff.” Professor Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice chancellor of the University of Glasgow said, “The university is deeply saddened to hear that one of our current students and one of our graduates were killed in yesterday’s George Square tragedy.

Appeal fund

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Stephenie Tait who graduated in 2006 and Erin McQuade a first year student of English literature. This is an awful time for those concerned and for the wider university family.” Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council is opening an appeal fund for those who were affected by the crash. The Lord Provost’s Queen Street fund will begin taking donations from Wednesday. Debit and credit card donations can be made by calling 0141 287 7878. Lines will be open Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 20:00 except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 1 and 2 January. Donations can also be made at any bank using Sort Code 834400 and Account Number 10809775. The council is donating £20,000 and the Lord Provost’s Goodwill Fund is also donating £20,000.

A member of the public signs a book of condolence at St Georges Tron Church in Glasgow

A member of the public signs a book of condolence at St Georges Tron Church in Glasgow

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “We have had tremendous offers of support already. Glaswegians started calling us to offer donations almost as soon as this tragic incident happened. “That’s heart-warming but not surprising in a city which responds so well to tragedy.” Anyone in need of support can call a dedicated helpline on 0141 287 0999. The bodies of the victims were removed from the scene overnight in a fleet of private ambulances. An investigation is continuing to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the crash. Police have now re-opened George Square to pedestrians and traffic.

The Christmas lights will remain off until Wednesday and the Glasgow Loves Christmas attractions, including the ice rink and big wheel, will remain closed until noon on Boxing Day as a mark of respect to the victims. The council has also opened a book of condolence at the City Chambers, near where the crash happened.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon all spoke near the scene on Tuesday morning where hundreds of floral tributes have been placed. Ms Sturgeon said: “Glasgow this morning is a broken-hearted city. 2014 has been such an incredible year for this wonderful city, the Commonwealth Games were such an outstanding success, but it is a year that has been bookended by two unimaginable tragedies, the Clutha at the end of last year and now this awful tragedy that unfolded here yesterday.

‘Resilient city’

Stephenie Tait was also killed when the lorry crashed into crowds of shoppers

Stephenie Tait was also killed when the lorry crashed into crowds of shoppers

“But Glasgow is a resilient city, we saw last year and we have seen again in the last 24 hours the incredible spirit of the people of Glasgow and this city will pull together to support those who have been affected, not just in the days ahead but in the weeks and months to come.  “We are reminded today of that spirit of Glasgow, this is a city I am so deeply proud to call my home and I know I will be one of many whose thoughts and prayers particularly over the Christmas period are with all those who have been so tragically affected by what happened yesterday.”

The first minister said that “like everyone else” she wanted to know what had caused “this dreadful incident” and stressed that police were “absolutely focused on completing that investigation as quickly as possible and giving people the answers they seek”.

Church service

Earlier, Ms Sturgeon said flags would fly at half-mast on government buildings out of respect. On Tuesday morning, a service of remembrance for victims of the crash was held at the Church of Scotland’s St George’s Tron Church, located yards from the crash scene. Presbytery Clerk and former Moderator Very Rev Bill Hewitt told the service: “We feel for the pain of others in this city.” He added: “We understand something of the burden carried the hearts by those who have lost loved ones, who are concerned for those in hospital, for emergency workers who have been on the frontline in meeting human need and offering themselves.”

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Roman Catholic Archbishop Philip Tartaglia will say mass for the victims at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Royal condolences

The Queen has sent a message of condolence. She said: “Prince Philip and I were saddened by the news of the tragic accident in Glasgow yesterday. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured.”This sad event is made even more difficult as it comes at Christmas time. I send my condolences to all the people of Glasgow.”

Police Scotland said there appeared to be nothing “sinister” about the crash and said it was still carrying out investigations at the scene. It is known that the lorry struck a pedestrian outside the Gallery of Modern Art (Goma), then mounted the pavement and travelled hundreds of metres, hitting several others. The lorry, operated by the city council, flattened street signs as it travelled along Queen Street and the side of George Square. It finally crashed into the Millennium Hotel, beside the entrance to Queen Street station in George Square at 14:30 on Monday. Eyewitnesses said the lorry driver had been “slumped over his wheel”.

Unintended acceleration

Glasgow City Council confirmed that three employees were in the lorry before the crash. George Ieronymdis, owner of the Elia Greek Restaurant on George Square, said he had been told that some of the bin lorry’s crew were seen jumping from the vehicle and holding their heads in their hands, looking devastated. A spokesman for the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators said that vehicles, even large ones, can carry on for a considerable distance if there is an “unintended acceleration”, which could be caused by a driver falling ill. “Without speculating on this incident, there might be a number of causes for a vehicle to travel a considerable distance,” he said.

 

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LIVE UP TO THE SECONDS UPDATES FROM THE GLASGOW DISASTER TODAY


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 @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via http://news.sky.com/

The link below is a live video stream from Sky News with images, comments and more below the video, it updates up to the second. I am hearing a baby in a buggy was hit. I am PRAYING HARD this is wrong. 6 Dead and 7 hurt badly we know so far. This is so tragic. Police have rules out a Terrorist Attack. It ‘Seems’ the Lorry driver had a heart attack but that is speculation. All the latest is below. This is the same city that had a Helicopter fall into a pub same time last year. Again the link below has all the numbers for worried relatives and friends and interviews from people who were there. Hundreds were there. The Garbage truck was said to be doing 70Mph. One guy said the lorry was hitting people like pins on a bowling green. One thing I do know is Scottish people come together, Glasgow is a very strong city. My heart is with Glasgow tonight and for the people who we lost, my kin, I shed a tear. The families I can only imagine the pain. The 7 injured people I pray are ok. The grief will be with us for a while.

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The Scottish spirit shines through

The Scottish spirit shines through

LINK BELOW IS UP TO THE SECOND REPORTING

http://news.sky.com/story/1396284/lorry-crash-live-updates-noise-and-bangs

Sky News Live

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Glasgow Square to the right. The lorry is between 2 buildings

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One can only imagine. These guys are so brave. I am PRAYING there is no baby in a pram there.

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(BREAKING) Glasgow Scotland: Bin Lorry Crashes Into Shoppers: Six Dead (Live Video)


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I am hearing 2 kids and a baby, this is speculation in Twitter but people there are tweeting this. PLEASE BE WRONG!! Me and Dawn are in tears here, we are worried we have family there. This is George Square. Christmas for gods sake!!! Almost a YEAR TO THE DAY When the Helicopter fell on the pub killing my kin. I can’t believe what I am watching and hearing. Please God no babies… This is the biggest shopping centre in Scotland. Anyone with worry about a relative or loved one, call Police Scotland: 01786289070 There will be shoppers from all over the Northern part of Britain there

A bin lorry has smashed into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Glasgow city centre, killing six people. The number of people injured in the accident is believed to be in double figures. The crowd were waiting to cross the road outside Queen Street station by the Millennium Hotel in the centre of the city and some people are thought to have been thrown up to 15 metres from the site of impact.  As many as six ambulances are at the scene, along with the police and fire service and pictures on social media show people being treated along the length of the street.

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A woman who witnessed the entire event told Sky News: “The only way the lorry stopped was actually hitting the building.” Sky correspondent James Matthews who is at the scene asked the witness to tell him about the people on the pavement who had been hit

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The distressed woman said: “I can’t, honestly I just can’t do that.” She went on to say: “When something is coming up behind them like that, how can they run out of the way? It’s such a horrific thing. There was noise and bangs and screams. “There was a baby in a buggy. There were actually two little kids. It was just horrific.” Sky’s James Matthews said: “There is no structural damage to the hotel. This is bang in the middle of Glasgow’s shopping area.

“The lorry collided with pedestrians before ramming into the hotel.” Police have declared the scene a major incident. A statement released by Police Scotland said: “About 2.30pm 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. “It continued 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.”

Bin lorry crash

Police say the lorry travelled 300 metres from the moment of initial impact until it stopped. Lauren Gilmore, a shopper in George Square, said: “Just over a year ago, we had another tragedy in Glasgow – it was the helicopter crash. And now this has happened again just before Christmas.” Witness Connor Gillies a reporter with Radio Clyde told Sky News that the whole of Queen Street has been cordoned off and emergency services are arriving by the minute. Describing the scene on Twitter, Brett Molloy tweeted: “Christ something major has kicked off at Queen St.”

“Whole of George square is shut off, bodies on the road. Scary man. Horrible, horrible scenes. Even worse at this time of the year. City centre is an eerie, eerie place right now.” The Scottish Fire Service tweeted: “Firefighters are in attendance at a serious incident in Queen Street, Glasgow. Our crews are working alongside other emergency responders.” Janey Godley tweeted: “Utter horrific carnage people on ground getting triage street poles smashed into pavement emergency services all over it. “Local shop keeper says bin lorry and taxi involved & lorry mounted pavement #georgessquare

“I was at G square in immediate aftermath it’s not something I ever want to see again – wandered in with music on before tape went up.” Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I’m being kept fully briefed on the major incident in Glasgow. My thoughts are with the families of those involved and the emergency services.”Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “Terrible news from Glasgow – my thoughts are with all those affected by this horrific accident.” Allan Docherty, manager of a nearby JD Wetherspoon pub says police have emptied the premises ahead of potentially using it as a meeting place for families and friends of victims.

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy tweeted: “There is a major incident in Glasgow’s George Square. Multiple emergency services on the scene. Thoughts & prayers with everyone injured.”

Police have advised anyone who is in the centre of Glasgow this afternoon to contact friends or relatives to tell them they’re safe.

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Just about 30 people or so....

Just about 30 people or so….

 speech from Glasgow tonight and he is, of course been superb with the truth. 

Tommy Sheridan YES RALLY, LIVE FROM George Square

Tommy deserves a medal for what he has done, he as done WAY over 100 speeches all over Scotland 

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