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Pensioner killed in road accident with crane lorry

PUBLISHED: 22:31 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 October 2010

Aftermath of an accident on Mile End Road where a pedestrian was crushed to death by the wheels of a truck

Aftermath of an accident on Mile End Road where a pedestrian was crushed to death by the wheels of a truck

Olivia Harris, oliviaharris@mac.com 07881 810 878

POLICE are tonight appealing for witnesses or information following a fatal road accident in East London in which a pensioner in his eighties was crushed to death. The man died under the wheels of a large goods vehicle carrying a mini crane along the busy A11 Mile End Road at 11.25 this-morning outside Queen Mary's Mile End college campus

POLICE are tonight appealing for witnesses or information following a fatal road accident in East London in which a pensioner in his eighties was crushed to death.

The man died under the wheels of a large goods vehicle carrying a mini crane along the busy A11 Mile End Road at 11.25 this-morning outside Queen Mary’s Mile End college campus.

An ambulance crew which was in traffic in the area arrived within minutes—but the pensioner died at the scene from substantial injuries.

Scotland Yard said tonight they were waiting for the man to be formally identified.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled next week at Poplar Coroners’ Court.

No other persons were injured at the scene.

Collision Investigators are yet to confirm precise details of how the accident happened at the Mile End Road junction with Harford Street—just 200 yards from an ambulance station in Stepney.

The accident caused major traffic snarl-ups as police closed off the A11 in both directions. Traffic including buses were diverted from Mile End through Bethnal Green a mile away.

Investigations continue with the co-operation of the lorry driver and witnesses who have been traced so far.

But police still need to speak to anyone who witnessed the accident in Mile End Road at 11.35am or anyone with information and is urging them to call the Met’s Collision Investigation unit on 020-8597 4874, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.

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