Glasgow lorry survivors say they cannot face returning to scene

Survivors of the Glasgow bin lorry crash which killed six people say they cannot bring themselves to return to the scene of the tragedy.

Irene McAuley, 18, suffered a broken ankle and lost four teeth that fateful day.

She told how she couldn't smile because she felt so self conscious and now has a lisp as a result of her injuries.

In a victim statement read to Glasgow Sheriff Court, she said she now avoids Royal Exchange Square altogether.

She added: "I visualise every crash I could be involved in.

"I'm more anxious and can't go near a bin lorry. I had nightmares for weeks after the crash and they still return."

Alix Stewart, 14, was dragged under the lorry when it hit her. Credit: PA

Alix Stewart was meeting friends in the square when she was hit by the lorry and dragged underneath it.

The 14-year-old had her ear torn off and suffered several broken ribs and bones as well as injured kidneys and liver.

All the skin from her back was also scraped off leaving her with permanent scarring.

Her father Colin said: "She has only returned to George Square once since and told me she wouldn't go back."

Alix had just been picked for the Scottish basketball team days before the crash.

She was out of action for seven months but has now been picked to play for the team again.

Marie Weatherall said she feels her life has been put on hold since the accident. Credit: PA

Marie Weatherall, 64, spent a month in hospital after the crash and has had pins inserted in her leg and arm.

She said the accident had taken away her confidence and motivation and she feels her life has been on hold ever since.

"I think about the people who died all the time and it upsets me," she added.

Elaine Morrell has been unable to go back to work since the crash. Credit: PA

Elaine Morrell, 49, had to have a titanium plate fitted after suffering facial injuries.

She said she avoided leaving the house for four months afterwards and cannot return to work as it overlooks the scene of the crash.

"I've started walking in Glasgow city centre with company now but it's taken a long time to get to that stage.

"I'm getting nearer George Square but I can't go back yet."

Harry Clarke had a history of dizzy spells and fainting the court has been told Credit: PA

An inquiry into the tragedy heard lorry driver Harry Clarke had a history of dizzy spells and fainting which he failed to disclose to the DVLA and on job application forms.

This included a blackout at the wheel of a stationary bus when he was a driver with First Bus in April 2010.

Last week he turned down the chance to apologise to the families for allegedly lying about his medical history, which has been the subject of much of the questioning.