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    FATALITY: RUNAWAY TARMAC LORRY

    Member of the public dies during road surfacing operations

    It has been reported by the Daily Record that a member of the public has died in Largs, North Ayrshire after being trapped under a parked car which had been shunted by a runaway lorry on 8th September. The road had been closed earlier that day for resurfacing.

    A spokeswoman for Hamilton Tarmac explained: 

    “The driver had stepped out of his lorry to check how much tarmac was left and that was it. The engine was still running. It was so quick. It was not as if the lorry was doing huge speed. But the vehicle is so heavy. We just don’t know what to say. It is such a terrible, terrible tragedy. Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family. The driver of the lorry was taken home. He was in total shock, we all are, and I know Mr Hamilton [the company’s owner] is devastated.  We just don’t know yet how this happened. Of course there will be an investigation into what happened – and the lorry and all its parts will be checked to see if they were working properly – but at the moment we are all at a total loss and so upset by this.”

    Sergeant Mark McGowan of Police Scotland said:

    “We believe that an unoccupied heavy goods vehicle rolled down Waterside Street, Largs, and struck a Peugeot 205 parked nearby. This resulted in the Peugeot striking the 86-year-old man. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at about 11:30 this morning and witnessed the crash to come forward. Any person with information is asked to telephone Road Policing on 101.”

    The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and a report will be submitted to the procurator-fiscal.

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