Serious crash shuts down Glasgow centre

A number of people are believed to have been injured after a big garbage truck lost control and crashed into a group of pedestrians in the heart of the Scottish capital of Glasgow on Monday.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 22, 2014, 21:45 PM IST

London: A number of people are believed to have been injured after a big garbage truck lost control and crashed into a group of pedestrians in the heart of the Scottish capital of Glasgow on Monday.

Unconfirmed reports indicate pedestrian fatalities among those affected on George Square in Glasgow city centre.

Scottish police described the crash, outside Queen Street station and the Millennium Hotel at about 20:00 IST, as "very serious".

Eyewitnesses reported the lorry was moving at speed before hearing a bang. Several people were seen lying on the ground.

A large number of emergency vehicles are in attendance and roads surrounding George Square have been closed.

"There is an ongoing incident involving a bin lorry on George Square," A Police Scotland spokesperson said.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said a number of crews had been dispatched to the scene and were conducting a rescue operation.

Some reports indicate the lorry driver had a heart attack resulting in him losing control of his vehicle and ramming into the side of the hotel.