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Family of bin lorry crash victim agree to £800,000 settlement

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Family of bin lorry crash victim agree to £800,000 settlement
Gillian Ewing was killed after being hit by a bin lorry in December 2014 (Picture: Universal)

The family of one of the bin lorry crash victims has agreed on an £800,000 compensation deal, more than three years after the tragedy.

Gillian Ewing, 52, was one of six people killed in the accident just before Christmas in 2014.

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She and her daughter Lucy, 24, had been out shopping when Gillian was hit by the 26 ton lorry driven by Harry Clarke as Lucy stood just inches away.

A fatal accident inquiry found Clarke lost consciousness at the wheel before the crash in December 2014.

Victims’ families also learnt during the duration of the inquiry that the horrific accident could have been avoided if Clarke, 60, had not lied about his history of fainting episodes.

Family of bin lorry crash victim agree to £800,000 settlement
The driver of the lorry, Harry Clarke, lost consciousness at the wheel (Picture: Universal)

It is the first payout by Glasgow City Council to any of the victims’ families and could indicate that the authority would be willing to pay the other five victims’ families.

However, it is not known if the council has admitted liability for Gillian’s death.

A spokesman for lawyers Digby Brown, which represents the family of Ms Ewing, said the family can now look to rebuild their lives.

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He said: ‘We can confirm we have now settled all our civil claims associated with the family of Gillian who they described as a much-loved mother, daughter sister and partner.

‘This has been a life-changing and traumatic three years for the family. Now at least they can hopefully start looking to the future and rebuilding their lives.’

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: ‘Our insurers are working to settle claims on our behalf. Our thoughts remain with the bereaved families and those who were injured.’

As well as Gillian, from Edinburgh, Jacqueline Morton, 51, Stephenie Tait, 29, both from Glasgow, Erin McQuade, 18, her grandparents Jack Sweeney, 68, and his 69-year-old wife Lorraine, from Dumbarton died in the accident.

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