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Summary

  1. Six people have been killed after a bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in Glasgow's George Square
  2. Eight people receiving hospital treatment following crash outside Queen Street station at 14:30 GMT
  3. Eyewitnesses report lorry moving at speed up Queen Street before hearing a bang as it hit a hotel
  4. One witness describes the lorry driver as "slumped over the wheel"
  5. Eyewitnesses describe emergency services battling to save the lives of injured people on the street
  6. The crash is being treated as a road traffic incident as police rule out anything "sinister"
  7. Police hotline number - 01786 289 070

Live Reporting

By Graham Fraser, Paul McLaren, Louise Sayers and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

We're drawing the live page to a close for this evening. We'll be back tomorrow morning with the latest on the fatal crash in George Square.

Police appeal

Police Scotland

Any photos, videos, any type of mobile footage of #GeorgeSquare road incident please send it to georgesquareincident@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

George Square - Your Views

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Jack Alistair: My thoughts are with the relatives of those involved in the tragic accident at #georgesquare Glasgow,

Pamela Jane: #Glasgow #GlasgowILoveYou #GeorgeSquare #GlasgowCrash

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PAMELA JANE

'Saddened by events'

@NHS24

Shocked & saddened by events in #georgesquare Glasgow. A&E very busy but remember NHS24 is here to help if you need support.

George Square - Your Views

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Elizabeth Bell, Glasgow: Such terrible and tragic event, especially at this time of year, thoughts and prayers to all the victims and their families. R.I.P. Xx

'Terrible tragedy'

Glasgow Archbishop Philip Tartaglia: "The circumstances could hardly be more tragic. I would ask any person of faith to pray for those who have died and their relatives and those who have been injured."

Church of Scotland Moderator John Chalmers: "The news from the city centre of Glasgow just a few days before Christmas is simply devastating. For the second year in a row Glaswegians will have to dig deep into their reserves of compassion and sympathy as they support the families of those who have been killed and injured today."

Glasgow Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
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Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson: "This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, particularly the families of those who have lost their lives."

Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty: "This is shocking and upsetting. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected by this terrible incident."

Fatal crash reaction

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: "My thoughts are with everyone involved in this tragic incident, and especially with the friends and families of the six people who lost their lives in what is another sad day for Glasgow and Scotland."

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy: "People in Glasgow and across the whole of Scotland will be mourning this loss of life so close to Christmas. No words will be able to do justice to the pain the families involved will be feeling this evening."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson: "This is a terrible tragedy, right in the heart of Scotland's biggest city. No-one expects that ordinary people, out to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, would fail to make it home."

Reaction to fatal crash

Prime Minister David Cameron: "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."

Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband
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Labour leader Ed Miliband: "Terrible news from Glasgow - my thoughts are with all those affected by this horrific accident."

Dedicated number

Police Scotland launched a dedicated number - 01786 289070 - for anyone who has concerns about relatives or friends. It has also urged people in the city centre to let relatives know they are safe and well.

Graphic showing where the crash happened
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A major investigation is now under way to establish the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Glasgow City Council offered to turn off the Christmas Lights in George Square as a mark of respect but police requested they be kept on to assist with their inquiry.

Recapping today's events

Six people were killed and eight others injured after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow.

The council vehicle then crashed into the Millennium Hotel, near Queen Street station in George Square, at 14:30.

The crash scene
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Eyewitnesses described emergency services battling to save the lives of injured people on the street.

Police Scotland declared a major incident but said there appeared to be nothing "sinister" about the crash.

George Square - Your Views

Anne: A terrible day in #Glasgow. Condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy at #GeorgeSquare

Gemma Clark: The emergency services in Glasgow are exceptional. last year #Cluthacrash this year #georgesquare & they act so fast to help.

Cara Pleym: Devastated by the events in #georgesquare today, thoughts are with the family and friends of those directly affected

Floral tributes laid

Radio Clyde News tweets: Floral tributes already being placed close to scene of fatal bin lorry crash in #glasgow #georgesquare.

Floral tributes laid at Glasgow crash site
Radio Clyde

First Minister 'briefed'

@NicolaSturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Just left Govan police station where I've been getting briefed on response to #georgesquare tragedy. My heart simply breaks for all affected.

In quotes

Politicians, religious and civic leaders have

spoken of their shock at today's incident.

Eight people injured

Police Scotland

Police Scotland have confirmed that eight people are currently receiving treatment for their injuries in three city hospitals.

This is in addition to the six people who were fatally injured.

'Sincere condolences'

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan

undefined Another tragedy for Glasgow to deal with this afternoon. Sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the George Square crash.

'Horrific and tragic incident'

Speaking earlier this evening, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described today's events as "heartbreaking".

Nicola Sturgeon screengrab
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"This is a horrific and tragic incident," she said. "Horrific whenever it would have happened, but three days before Christmas it is absolutely heartbreaking.

"First and foremost my thoughts, and I'm sure the thoughts of everyone across Scotland and indeed the UK, are with those who have lost loved ones in this dreadful incident; everybody who has suffered injury; and of course those who witnessed this.

"All of our thoughts are with everyone affected, in any way."

'Horrible scene'

Eyewitness Stephen McNeil described seeing the lorry mounting the kerb.

"I was coming out of a shop and we looked over to the left and we saw this woman screaming and this man on the floor," he said.

"We looked around the road further and we seen this bin lorry just mounting the kerb going left to right, just hitting people where they were standing.

"Such a horrible scene."

Police: 'Far too early' to say what happened

Speaking on

Reporting Scotland, Chief Inspector Mark Sutherland said it currently does not appear that the numbers of those injured in George Square were "exceeding double figures".

He said that it was too early to say what had happened this afternoon.

Chief Inspector Mark Sutherland
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Chief Insp Sutherland said: "We are now in an investigation and response phase and are working with our partners to make sure we get to the bottom of exactly why this happened.

"Eyewitnesses are currently being interviewed by detectives to establish exactly what happened and if anyone else has information then please come forward on our 101 number.

"We have put our a police helpline which is being very well used but if you are in the city centre please phone your love ones and let them know what you're safe and well."

George Square - Your Views

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Emma: My thoughts and prayers are with those affected in the tragic incident that happened in Glasgow today. #georgesquare

Karen Southern: Tragic news in Glasgow this evening. my thoughts and prayers are with those poor people who've lost loved ones #GeorgeSquare

Hilary Cubie: Thoughts are with everyone affected in the #georgesquare accident! So sad to hear something like that in the city you live in.

Firefighters at the scene
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George Square - Your Views

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Anon: In the office in the Merchant Building on George Square, not being allowed to leave the building, not sure what's happening. Very upsetting and sad.

Anon: As a Glaswegian living in France I am shocked by what has happened today and my thoughts are with the bereaved families and the citizens of this fine city.

Adam Goss: Thoughts and prayers to those affected by the incident in Glasgow this afternoon.

George Square crash reaction

Rory Bremner: Terrible that Glasgow's mighty spirit is being tested yet again by tragedy. At this time too. Heartfelt sympathy to victims & families.

Paul Lawrie: Awful news from Glasgow my thoughts with everyone affected by the tragedy.

Ross Murdoch: Such tragic news from Glasgow this evening! My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this personally and also the witnesses.

Fatal crash update

BBC Scotland's Catriona Renton at Glasgow Royal Infirmary: Nine people have been taken by the emergency services to hospitals across the city. The driver is one of those in hospital. There is no update on his condition.

'Horrific news'

@nick_clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg

tweets: Horrific news in Glasgow. My heart goes out to the families of all those caught up in this awful incident.

Coming up

An extended Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One Scotland.

BBC Reporting Scotland
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You can watch the programme

here.

At the scene

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland correspondent

Standing in George Square at the moment it is much quieter than you'd normally imagine at six o'clock at night. All the roads nearby are closed off and far fewer pedestrians than usual.

Emergency vehicles are, of course, still at the scene and there remains a heavy police presence to both guard the scene and offer advice to people trying to find an alternative route.

'Bent the traffic poles'

Comedian

Janey Godley, who was present in the aftermath of the incident in George Square this afternoon, has posted this picture showing metal poles bent flattened to the ground by the bin lorry.

She writes: "The force of this accident bent the traffic poles".

Metal poles bent over by bin lorry
Janey Godley

George Square crash - Your Views

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Anon: On the train from Montrose to Glasgow Queen Street and our next stop is Queen Street - the mood is very sombre.

Carmichael: 'Unimaginable scenes'

Alistair Carmichael, the Secretary of State for Scotland, said: "I share Scotland's deep shock at the horrible events in Glasgow this afternoon."

Alistair Carmichael
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"On the eve of the festive period, these are unimaginable scenes in one of the busiest parts of our largest city.

"My thoughts are with the bereaved, the emergency services dealing with the aftermath and everyone affected by this terrible incident."

City 'shocked' by fatal crash

Sandra White, the MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, said the mood was "one of shock".

"It's surreal to say the least," she added. "I was in Queen Street myself half an hour before this happened. It brings it home to you that this could have happened to anyone.

bin lorry crash
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"The first thing in people's minds was, not another tragedy so soon after the Clutha.

"But Glasgow will pick itself up - we are resilient people. But obviously our thoughts are with the people who are suffering at the moment, the families."

Murphy pays tribute to emergency services

Commenting on the tragedy in Glasgow, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy said: "We don't yet know the full extent of this tragedy, but my thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved.

Jim Murphy
BBC

"People in Glasgow and across the whole of Scotland will be mourning this loss of life so close to Christmas. No words will be able to do justice to the pain the families involved will be feeling this evening.

"I want to pay tribute to our emergency services, who are performing heroics in the worst of circumstances. They will have the admiration of every Glaswegian and all Scots."

Police update

Laura Bicker in George Square

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

We are expecting another update from the police very shortly. Officers are making their way in at the moment. There are a number of fire engines and paramedics still on the scene.

Mark of respect

@GlasgowCC

Glasgow City Council

tweets: We considered switching off Christmas lights in George Square as a mark of respect. Police asked us to leave them on to help investigation.

Six people killed

Police Scotland have confirmed that six people have been killed in the Glasgow bin lorry crash.

At the scene

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland correspondent

As you can imagine many people working in the blocks around here are absolutely shocked by what they saw earlier on this afternoon.

Some have been out handing out tea to passers-by and the emergency services and talking about what some of their colleagues saw.

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BBC Radio Scotland

Coverage of events in George Square continues live on

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'Fighting for their lives'

Witness Janey Godley told the BBC News Channel that people were "getting CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the ground" when she arrived in George Square.

"I think I was there just as the ambulances arrived because there was stuff strewn, debris strewn, all over the street, Christmas shopping all over the street," she said.

Ms Godley said she saw three people being treated by emergency crews.

"People were being worked on, people were fighting for their lives on the pavement as shoppers were standing," she added.

"People just like me had arrived on the most shocking scene they ever wanted to see this Christmas. George Square is a square with a fairground and an ice rink and Santa and the tree and everything."

Let family know you are ok

Labour MP for Glasgow Central, Anas Sarwar, is calling for anybody in the George Square area to contact family:

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Anyone who is concerned that their loves ones might have been caught up in the incident can call the Police Scotland helpline on 01786 289070.

Map of crash scene

map of crash scene
BBC

Floral tributes at the scene

Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

A number of people have been coming here delivering flowers, because they've just heard the news and felt that they needed to do something.