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Bin lorry crew 'did not have time to react' before crash

Workers on board a bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow killing six people would not have had enough time to stop it, an inquiry has heard.

The aftermath of the tragedy in Glasgow City Centre. Credit: PA

Crewmen Matthew Telford and Henry Toal only had around five seconds to react when the council vehicle started deviating from the road, collision expert Mark Hill said.

The tragedy took just 19 seconds to unfold three days before Christmas last year.

Mr Hill's calculations showed the vehicle was travelling at 25.9mph when it mounted the pavement.

Collision expert Mark Hill leaves the inquiry after giving evidence. Credit: PA

His report said the crew were "physically obstructed" from reaching driver Harry Clarke, who appeared to be unconscious at the wheel.

He said it may have been possible for them to pull the handbrake before the lorry crashed into a hotel but it could have made it lose control in another direction.

Erin McQuade, her grandparents Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, Stephenie Tait, Jacqueline Morton and Gillian Ewing died in the crash.

The inquiry, which is expected to last six weeks, continues at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

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Day-trippers urged to avoid visiting France

Eurotunnel says passengers should reschedule if they can Credit: PA

Eurotunnel is advising anyone taking a day-trip to France via its passenger services to postpone their journey due to long delays as a result of migrant activity throughout the night.

The advice follows a warning from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to avoid Calais because of industrial action by French farmers. It also warned anyone travelling through the French port to keep vehicle doors locked because of the "large numbers of illegal migrants" and a "high threat of terrorism.

Kent Police has been forced to reintroduce Operation Stack in the early hours of this morning leading to further disruption on Kent's roads.

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