Major incident in George Square, Glasgow city centre

Published 22 December 2014

Latest as of 1.02pm, Tuesday 24th December

At 2.30pm on Monday 22 December 2014, a Glasgow City Council bin lorry was travelling north on Queen Street when it struck pedestrians outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). 

The lorry then continuing to travel towards George Square, when it crashed at the Millennium Hotel on Queen Street at George Square.

We can confirm that six people have died as a result. 

As a result, six people died and ten people were injured. Four people have been discharged and six are currently receiving treatment for their injuries, including the driver of the lorry.

Four patients remain in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. One patient is expected to be discharged later today, one patient is in a critical condition, one patient is serious but stable and one patient is stable.

A further patient who is being treated at the Western Infirmary is in a stable condition. The sixth patient, who is being treated at the Southern General Hospital, is expected to be discharged later today.

A formal identification process has been carried out and all relatives are receiving support and help from Police Scotland family liaison officers. 

The deceased can be named as:

  • Erin McQuade, 18 from Dumbarton,
  • John Sweeney (known as Jack), 68, from Dumbarton,
  • Helen Lorraine Sweeney (known as Lorraine), 69, from Dumbarton,
  • Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh,
  • Stephenie Tait, 29, from Glasgow,
  • Jacqueline Morton, 51, from Glasgow.

Lorraine Sweeney, Erin McQuade and Stephenie Tait

Helen Lorraine Sweeney, Erin McQuade and Stephenie Tait.

Gillian Ewing and John Sweeney

Gillian Ewing and John 'Jack' Sweeney.

Emergency services quickly arrived at the scene and the police declared the scene a major incident.

"A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

Detective Superintendent Andy Gunn, Senior Investigating Officer, said today (24th December):

“The events in Glasgow on Monday were devastating - for the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives, for those who were injured, the local community and beyond.

I would like to reiterate that there is nothing to suggest this was a deliberate or malicious act. However, there is a significant police investigation ongoing into the circumstances which led up to the crash, which claimed the lives of six people. 

"Our thoughts remain with the families of those who have lost loved ones as a result of the incident. Police Scotland is continuing to support the families of those involved.

"A dedicated team has been assigned to this investigation, including specialist investigators and highly experienced detective officers from Greater Glasgow Division, Specialist Crime Division and road collision investigators. 

"The investigation will be thorough and exhaustive as we gain an understanding of the circumstances of Monday’s events and will continue in the coming days and throughout the Festive period. 

"The investigation will take as long as is required and we will ensure all lines of enquiry are investigated before we report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service."

I would again like to take this opportunity to ask anyone who has any footage, from mobile phones or other equipment, to email the dedicated email address as it may assist with our investigation.”

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