Cricklewood: Man dies beneath truck wheels

A man was crushed beneath a lorry and is believed to have suffered a heart attack before dying in Cricklewood Lane. An air ambulance, two ambulance crews and a duty officer rushed to the scene following a 999 call at 1.22 pm along with police and the fir

A man was crushed beneath a lorry and is believed to have suffered a heart attack before dying in Cricklewood Lane.

An air ambulance, two ambulance crews and a duty officer rushed to the scene following a 999 call at 1.22 pm along with police and the fire brigade after they were informed of a collision.

A man in his 30s, yet to be identified, died after paramedics attempted to resuscitate him.

The bin lorry was reversing from a stationary position when the man crossed the road and was trapped beneath the back wheels.


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Traffic Sergeant Pidgeon of the Metropolitan Police said: "A pedestrian has died as a result of the collision. We haven't identified him and the driver has not been arrested."

He added in the circumstances an arrest was not necessary, but that could change following further investigation.

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A 43-year-old man who identified himself only as 'Ray' made the call to emergency services after he saw the accident.

He said: "There was a man lying on the ground, blood coming out of his ears and nose. The driver had no chance - The man just walked across the road and the driver could not see him. It is sad to have a situation like this, there was nothing we could do."

The collision took place in front of the Co-operative Grocery store in Cricklewood Lane causing traffic to be diverted in both directions.

On the approach to Cricklewood Station from Westbere and Lichfield Roads there was a further accident as a number 245 and a 460 bus scraped alongside each other as they tried to negotiate the narrow road.

Traffic was at a standstill leaving a further nine buses stranded behind.

Residents in the area stood in eerie silence as they watched police investigate the scene.

One 25-year-old shopkeeper, Mr Habibi of the Everfresh Grocery Store said: "He was under the wheel. There was a lot of blood falling from his ear. I feel sad, this was the first time I've seen someone dying in front of me."

Andrea Pangreddi, 29, a student from Rome said: It was really horrible. They couldn't get him out from under the truck. Everybody was shocked, some people didn't realise what was happening and when they did they ran. The street was full of blood.

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