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Bin lorry driver dies after South Queensferry pier crash

Bin lorry on Hawes Pier Image copyright North Edinburgh Community News
Image caption The bin lorry finally came to rest on the edge of Hawes Pier

A bin lorry driver has died after being crushed by his own truck when he tried to stop it rolling out of a car park.

The 58-year-old man was pinned against a wall by the lorry in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, on Saturday afternoon.

The vehicle then hit a parked car and mounted a pavement before coming to rest on the edge of Hawes Pier.

The man was taken to hospital but later died. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Sgt Brian Smith, from Police Scotland, said: "This tragic accident happened as the driver tried to stop his lorry from rolling out of the car park of the Hawes Inn.

"He was crushed against the wall by the lorry, which then hit a parked Jaguar car before rolling across the road and mounting the pavement. demolishing a bench and fencing before it came to rest hanging over the edge of the pier.

"Although this is a busy road, with a number of pedestrians in the area at the time, fortunately no-one else was injured."

He added: "We are carrying out a full investigation and I am appealing for any witnesses who have not already spoken to us, to call Police Scotland on 101."