Mourners to remember lorry victims

Published: Saturday 3rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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The funeral of three members of the same family who died in the Glasgow bin lorry crash will take place today.

Erin McQuade, 18, and her grandparents Lorraine, 69, and Jack Sweeney, 68, died when they were hit by the vehicle on Monday December 22.

In total, six people were killed and 10 more injured after the lorry lost control in the city’s Queen Street and George Square.

Miss McQuade’s mother Jacqueline McQuade is thought to have gone to withdraw money from a cash machine during a Christmas shopping trip when her daughter and parents, all from Dumbarton, were fatally injured.

A requiem mass for the three crash victims will be held this morning at St Patrick’s RC Church in the West Dunbartonshire town.

The private service will be led by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the Archbishop of Glasgow.

It will be followed by burials at Dumbarton Cemetery, which will also be held in private.

The Archbishop previously told a memorial mass that he wept with the woman who saw her teenage daughter and both parents die almost right in front of her.

He told a 600-strong congregation at the city’s St Andrew’s Cathedral: ”On the evening of the tragedy, I was privileged to be permitted to spend some time with one of the families who had been cruelly devastated by the incident.

”I was able to witness and share the grief and sadness of a mother and of a father for their daughter, and of two daughters for their mother and father.

”The distressed woman to whom I was speaking had been at the incident, she had seen her daughter and her own parents killed almost right in front of her. Can you imagine the horror? Can you imagine her sadness?

”I tried to console them and comfort them. We spoke and we cried and we were silent before the abyss of their loss and the random meaninglessness of what had happened.”

Primary 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 lorry mounted the pavement before crashing into the side of the Millennium Hotel.

Three patients remain in two Glasgow hospitals following the crash.

A 14-year-old girl and a 64-year-old woman are in stable conditions at the Royal Infirmary. A 57-year-old man – thought to be the driver – is in a stable condition at the Western Infirmary.

Investigations into the crash are continuing.

Published: Saturday 3rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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