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The scene in Glasgow's George Square after it is understood a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians.

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after it is understood a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians.

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers and killed six people and seriously injured seven more

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers and killed six people and seriously injured seven more

Firefighters at the  scene in Glasgow's George Square after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers and killed six people and seriously injured seven more

Firefighters at the scene in Glasgow's George Square after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers and killed six people and seriously injured seven more

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers and killed six people and seriously injured seven more

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers and killed six people and seriously injured seven more

Emergency services personnel attend to an incident where a refuse truck crashed into pedestrians in George Square, Glasgow, December 22, 2014. Six people were killed when a rubbish lorry ran out of control and careered down a pavement crowded with Christmas shoppers in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, police said

Emergency services personnel attend to an incident where a refuse truck crashed into pedestrians in George Square, Glasgow, December 22, 2014. Six people were killed when a rubbish lorry ran out of control and careered down a pavement crowded with Christmas shoppers in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, police said

Emergency services personnel attend to an incident where a refuse truck crashed into pedestrians in George Square, Glasgow, December 22, 2014. Six people were killed when a rubbish lorry ran out of control and careered down a pavement crowded with Christmas shoppers in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, police said

Emergency services personnel attend to an incident where a refuse truck crashed into pedestrians in George Square, Glasgow, December 22, 2014. Six people were killed when a rubbish lorry ran out of control and careered down a pavement crowded with Christmas shoppers in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, police said

Emergency services personnel attend to an incident where a refuse truck crashed into pedestrians in George Square, Glasgow December 22, 2014. Six people were killed when a rubbish lorry ran out of control and careered down a pavement crowded with Christmas shoppers in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, police said

Emergency services personnel attend to an incident where a refuse truck crashed into pedestrians in George Square, Glasgow December 22, 2014. Six people were killed when a rubbish lorry ran out of control and careered down a pavement crowded with Christmas shoppers in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, police said

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The scene in Glasgow's George Square after it is understood a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians.

A pensioner couple and their teenage granddaughter have been named as three of the six victims of the Glasgow bin lorry crash by a relative on social media.

Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, aged 68 and 69, and 16-year-old granddaughter Erin McQuade, of Dumbarton have been named by relatives as among the crash victims, the Daily Record reports.

Relative John Sweeney posted on Facebook: "No words can describe the pain. R.I.P. Jack, Lorraine and Erin. Thoughts and prayers go out to the other families that lost loved ones as well."

The record reports that all three were out Christmas shopping when they were hit by the vehicle.

Police Scotland confirmed this morning that five women and one man were killed in the collision on Monday. It could not confirm the names of any of the six victims.

The Bramalea Celtic Club in Ontario, where it appears Mr Sweeney was once president, also paid tribute.

The crash took place in George Square which was packed with Christmas shoppers and families at the annual winter carnival when the lorry mounted the pavement in the busy city centre before crashing into the Millennium Hotel, next to Queen Street Station.

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said there were two other crew members on the lorry at the time of the crash, but said the condition of the two men was not known.

A fleet of private ambulances carrying the dead left the area earlier this morning.

The Christmas lights have been switched off in George Square and flags on public buildings in the city are flying at half-mast.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the city was waking up with a "broken heart".

She told BBC Radio Scotland: "As the city wakes up this morning, the sheer sense of horror and grief that happened yesterday will be very, very raw for people.

Prayers will be said for the victims at a special church service later.

The Reverend Alastair Duncan will lead the service at the nearby St George's Tron.


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