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Lorry crash 'not driver's fault'

The nephew of a couple killed in the Glasgow bin lorry crash has said he does not blame the driver for their deaths.

In a message posted on Twitter the day after Monday's accident, Marc Gardiner thanked the emergency services for doing everything possible for 68-year-old Jack and 69-year-old Lorraine Sweeney and their granddaughter Erin McQuade, 18, who died in the accident.

He wished the driver of the lorry that ploughed into pedestrians in the city centre a speedy recovery and said the messages of support received by the family had meant a lot.

Primary school teacher Stephenie Tait, 29, and tax worker Jacqueline Morton, 51, both from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh, were also killed when the council truck mounted the pavement before crashing into the side of the Millennium Hotel in George Square.

Mr Gardiner tweeted: "Been a really emotional and overwhelming day and on behalf of my family I just want to say thank you to everyone around Scotland sending in their condolences and best wishes!

"I hope that the other families that are going through what me and my family are get all the support possible and I hope that the driver of the lorry makes a speedy recovery and understands that it wasn't his fault.

"And a big thanks to all emergency services yesterday for doing everything possible.

"RIP Uncle Jackie, Aunt Lorraine and Erin, love you loads and can't believe you're gone, you'll be truly missed."

He added: " It means a lot, that the people of Glasgow are coming together for my family and the other families affected."

Four people, including two teenage girls, are still being treated in hospital following the accident.

Three females - a 14-year old girl, an 18-year-old and a woman aged 64 - are all being cared for at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The 14-year-old girl had been in a serious condition but all three are now said to be stable.

A 57-year-old man thought to be the driver is being treated in the Western Infirmary and is also stable.

A statement released by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "F our patients remain in two Glasgow hospitals following Monday's tragic incident in George Square.

"Three patients remain in Glasgow Royal Infirmary: a 14-year-old girl, an 18-year-old female and a 64-year-old woman. All are stable.

"A 57-year-old man is being treated at the Western Infirmary and remains stable."

The victims of the crash were yesterday remembered at Christmas services across the city, with candles lit and prayers said for all those affected by the tragedy.

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