Taxi driver saw Bridlington tragedy


Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A man has spoken of his terror after witnessing the death of a pedestrian in Bridlington when masonry from a building fell on him.

Taxi driver Neil Dean was in a taxi rank on Cliff Street near Pleasureland when rubble smashed into his vehicle at around 1pm on Monday.

It also fell on a 61-year-old passer-by, who is yet to be formally identified.

It isn’t clear what caused the piece of masonry to fall, but the winds were strong in the resort at the time.

The Met Office said Bridlington was experiencing strong gales with wind speeds up to 48mph.

Mr Dean said there was no warning that anything was about to happen and it was as if someone had “dropped something out of the blue”.

He remembers seeing a man walking past and falling down beside him. It was clear he was dead, Mr Dean said.

Falling masonry struck the back window, boot and side of his taxi, Mr Dean revealed, adding he thought he was lucky to be alive.

Humberside Police closed off the street and an investigation has begun into the tragedy.

The council is assessing the building, which is privately owned and a post-mortem of the body is due to take place today .

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Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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