Bin lorry driver is ‘shaken’ by collision with pedestrian

Police at the scene of the collision next to the Aldi store in Gorgie. Picture: Julie Bull

Police at the scene of the collision next to the Aldi store in Gorgie. Picture: Julie Bull

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THE driver of a bin lorry involved in a collision with a pedestrian has been left “shaken” by the incident, his manager said.

The circumstances leading up to the crash – in which a 63-year-old man was struck by the Scotwaste truck in Gorgie Park Road – are still unclear and a police investigation is in the early stages.

The driver had a conversation with him while they were waiting on the paramedics”

STEWART MELROSE

It emerged today that the man was able to speak to the driver of the lorry while they waited for paramedics following the incident at 6am on Monday.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said that the victim remained in a serious condition at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Stewart Melrose, chief executive of Bathgate-based Scotwaste, said his firm was offering its full support to the driver, who was said to be “shaken”.

And he revealed that the vehicle involved in the crash had been given a once-over just two days before the crash.

He said: “The vehicle was recovered from the scene.

“We are not anticipating that there will be any problems, [the lorry] had gone through its safety and regulatory checks on Saturday.

“We haven’t heard from [police],” he added.

“I spoke to the driver last night.

“We’re a family business and I phoned him to say we can give him any time he needs to take off to recover. He was really shaken up.”

Mr Melrose added: “The driver had a conversation with him while they were waiting on the paramedics.

“I believe that there’s CCTV placed towards where the accident took place.

“We’re hoping to hear about that in due course.”

Police said there was no update to the appeal for information they issued on Monday.

A spokeswoman said the victim’s condition was not believed to have changed.

It is understood that the weather conditions – including heavy rain and winds of 50mph – are being considered as among the factors which caused the accident.

Onlookers reported seeing a man lying on the ground near the left-hand kerb after the collision.

One businesswoman said: “It was so windy, it would have been so easy just to blow someone off their feet into the direction of the lorry.”

The lorry had been going to empty the bins at McDonald’s restaurant when the incident happened.

The north side of Gorgie Park Road, beside Aldi and McDonald’s, was partially closed by police before the lorry was uplifted at around 11.20am on Monday.

Officers are believed to be examining CCTV footage from Aldi and McDonald’s to help establish the circumstances.

Witnesses are urged to get in touch with police with information.