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Wednesday, 24 December 2014
WHATS NOW? HII NDIYO SABABU UNAAMBIWA JIANDAE WAKATI WOWOTE''SO SAD'' LORI LA TAKATAKA FAGIA MJI LA ACHIA NJIA NA KUGONGA WATU WAKIWA WANAFANYA SHOPPING ZAO ZA XMAS'' FAMILIA YA WATATU WAFA'' MUNGU WANGU''
Lorraine Sweeney, 69, (left) and her granddaughter Erin McQuade, 18, (right) were among the six who died in yesterday's Glasgow lorry tragedy. They are thought to have been shopping when an out-of-control refuse truck veered out of control and ploughed into a packed pavement''
With their arms around one another, teenager Erin McQuade and her grandmother Lorraine Sweeney smile into the camera as they pose together for a photograph.
But just one month after this poignant picture was taken at a family gathering, the 18-year-old, 69-year-old Mrs Sweeney and her husband - Erin's grandfather - Jack, 68, were dead - killed in yesterday's Glasgow truck crash.
The three family members were among the six who died after a bin lorry veered out of control and ploughed into a pavement packed with Christmas shoppers.
Primary school teacher Stephenie Tait, 29, Jacqueline Morton, 51, both from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh were also killed, and ten others were injured.
Jack Sweeney, 68, was killed alongside his wife Lorraine and granddaughter Erin McQuade in the crash''
Family and friends of Erin McQuade paid tribute to the teenager today after she was named as one of six victims of yesterday's lorry crash in central Glasgow''
Erin's manager at the hotel where she worked said the 18-year-old (left, with friend) was one of the companies' 'brightest and most dedicated' members of staff
All six were mourned by relatives today as police continued their investigation into what caused the accident yesterday lunchtime.
Relatives of the Sweeneys and Glasgow University student Miss McQuade, who are from Dumbarton, north west of Glasgow, spoke of their loss on Facebook last night after being told about the crash.
Hili ndilo lori la fagia mji '' lililoacha njia na kufagia watu badala ya takataka'' Six people died and ten were injured after a bin lorry crashed onto a crowded pavement near a busy square and station in Glasgow city centre. The lorry (pictured yesterday) has now been removed''
Flowers have been placed at the scene today. The cause of the crash is not immediately clear, but police have said it was not a terrorism-related incident, and 'nothing more sinister' than a fatal traffic accident''
Residents of the city struggled to hold back the tears as they lay floral tributes at the site this afternoon''
Emergency workers with flowers near the scene of the accident which killed six and left six badly injured''
(Left to right) Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Glasgow Deputy Lord Provost Gerald Leonard at the service today''
Scottish First Minister visited the scene this morning and inspected the hundreds of floral tributes''
She said this morning: 'Glasgow this morning is a broken hearted city' and, referring the the Clutha bar air crash which happened last year, added that 2014 had 'been bookended by two unimaginable tragedies'
It then appeared to accelerate, knocking people down 'like skittles', striking two women at a pizzeria and further people down the street.
Some were able to dive out of its path into shop doorways. But others did not even realise what was happening until it was too late.
The bin lorry then veered back onto the road and careered through red lights as it travelled past the enormous ferris wheel and merry-go-round at the western end of George Square. It also hit a silver taxi outside Queen Street station.
The truck is thought to have hit more people waiting to cross the road outside the Millennium Hotel before crashing into the building and finally stopping.
The area was busy with shoppers and children heading to a Christmas funfair at the time.
Investigations into the incident will examine is how the vehicle travelled around 328 yards in an almost straight line before it came to rest.
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty's (left) goodwill fund has contributed £20,000 to a collection for the families of the victims, which Nicola Sturgeon (right) said the Scottish Government would match''
A fund for the victims of the George Square crash will open tomorrow as Glasgow rallies around the families affected by the tragedy.
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said there had been 'tremendous' offers of support in the aftermath of yesterday's accident, with people getting in touch almost immediately to ask how they could help.
The city council has now set up a fund, starting with its own donation of £20,000. The Lord Provost's goodwill fund has also contributed £20,000.
Members of the public can donate from tomorrow by calling 0141 287 7878 and paying by debit or credit card.
Lines will be open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm but will close for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and January 1 and 2.
Ms Docherty said: 'We have had tremendous offers of support already.
'Glaswegians started calling us to offer donations almost as soon as this tragic incident happened.
'That's heart-warming but not surprising in a city which responds so well to tragedy.'
The First Minister said the Scottish Government will also contribute to the fund.
Nicola Sturgeon said: 'I can confirm that the Scottish Government will match fund Glasgow City Council's £20,000 contribution to the Queen Street appeal fund.
'It will be available to those who need it most and I would urge people affected to make use of the services available through the fund.
'This week we have, once more, seen how well Glasgow has pulled together to support those in need, which is why it is so heartening to hear that so many donations have already been made to the fund - further evidence of the incredible spirit of the people of Glasgow and of Scotland.'
Donations to the Lord Provost's Queen Street Fund can also be made at any bank using the sort code 834400 and account number 10809775.