Lorry crush death inquest

The inquest into the death of a pedestrian who was killed after being crushed by a lorry blown over at a notoriously windy area of Leeds will resume today.

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'Wind tunnel' work won't start yet, inquest told

Bridgewater Place in Leeds where a man was crushed to death by a lorry in high winds Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The owners of the tallest building in Leeds have told an inquest that work on a project to reduce wind speeds at the base of the towers where a pedestrian was killed by a blown-over lorry will probably not start until next year.

A director to the partnership that owns the 32-storey building at Bridgewater Place told an inquest into the death of Edward Slaney that finding a solution to the wind problems had proved "intractable" .

Nicholas Sinfield said a planning application for the engineering work will not be ready for submission until later this year and construction will probably not take place until 2014.

Edward Slaney, from Sowerby Bridge, died after being crushed by a truck that was blown off all four wheels near the skyscraper in March 2011.


Inquest resumes over lorry crush death

Bridgewater Place in Leeds Credit: PA

An inquest will resume today into the death of a pedestrian who was killed when a lorry was blown over in strong winds. Edward Slaney from Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire died after being crushed by a lorry which was blown off its wheels in a notoriously windy area near a Leeds skyscraper.

It happened in March 2011. The inquest was adjourned to allow the Crown Prosecution Service to investigate whether any criminal offences had been committed.

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