The driver of a bin lorry has been killed by his own vehicle in a tragic accident.

The bin lorry driver, a 58 year-old man, was pinned against a wall and crushed to death after his lorry rolled out of a car park and across a road.

The lorry ended up hanging off a pier

The lorry ended up hanging off a pier

The driver was trying to stop the runaway lorry, but instead was pinned against a wall; the rogue vehicle mounted the pavement and hit a car, before crashing through a railing and coming to rest hanging off Hawes Pier. Staff working at the Hawes Inn raced to help the driver and called the emergency services.

The horrific accident occurred in South Queensferry in Edinburgh at approximately 1.15pm yesterday afternoon. Although the man was rushed to hospital, his injuries were so severe he could not be saved.

Local councillor, Norman Work, said: “It’s a tragic accident. It appears that the driver was trying to prevent the accident from happening. It’s tragic but could have been a lot worse. We are grateful no one else was injured, because it’s a very busy area round the whole promenade. Obviously our thoughts go out to the family of the driver.”

A Hawes Inn spokeswoman said: “Our team helped out as much as they could in the moments after the accident happened and contacted the emergency services. We are fully cooperating with the police investigation and our thoughts are very much with the driver’s family.”

Edinburgh police have appealed for witnesses; Sergeant Brian Smith, the Road Policing Unit, said: “This tragic accident happened as the driver tried to stop his lorry from rolling out of the car park of the Hawes Inn. He was crushed against the wall by the lorry, which then hit a parked Jaguar car before rolling across the road and mounting the pavement, demolishing a bench and fencing before it came to rest hanging over the edge of the pier.

“Although this is a busy road, with a number of pedestrians in the area at the time, fortunately no one else was injured. We are carrying out a full investigation and I am appealing for any witnesses who have not already spoken to us, to call Police Scotland on 101.”