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Picture of the week: Mourning the bin lorry crash victims

By Staff Reporter

Candles and floral tributes are left near to the scene of this week's bin lorry crash in Glasgow.

Six people were killed and eight injured on Monday when the vehicle careered out of control at Queen Street in the city centre and ploughed into pedestrians out last-minute Christmas shopping.

The moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Right Rev John Chalmers, yesterday urged the people of Glasgow to "travel with the grieving", as relatives of those who died visited the still-growing bank of floral tributes.

The victims were remembered on Christmas Day at church services across the city. More than 700 worshippers at Glasgow Cathedral observed a minute's silence. Three members of the same family died in the accident. Erin McQuade, an 18-year-old university student, and her grandparents Jack Sweeney (68) and Lorraine (69), all from Dumbarton, were killed as the lorry mounted the pavement.

Erin's mother, Jacqueline McQuade, was withdrawing money from a nearby cash machine when she heard the screams of her daughter and parents.

Jacqueline Morton (51), a tax worker from Glasgow, is believed to have left her office early to pick up her grandchildren when she was struck. Primary school teacher Stephenie Tait (29), from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing (52), from Edinburgh, also died.

In an open letter published yesterday, the Right Rev Chalmers said: "People of Glasgow - and particularly those families closest to this tragedy and trauma - please be assured that there are people willing to journey with you through this testing time while the rest of us continue to remember you in our thoughts and prayers."

Glasgow's carnival and ice-rink - the focus of the city's Christmas celebrations - were again open to the public yesterday having been closed throughout the week as a mark of respect.

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: "It was felt right to reflect on the tragic events that unfolded and close other attractions and activities until Boxing Day, providing a chance for people to pause and pay their respects in their own way."

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