Runaway 15-tonne bin truck in Glasgow smashes into parked cars

Rubbish parking! Runaway 15-tonne bin lorry smashes into parked cars as its driver desperately chases it down street in Glasgow

  • A 15-tonne lorry rolled down a street in Port Dundas, Glasgow, and damaged a row of parked cars
  • The waste truck smashed five cars but nobody was injured in the lorry accident 
  • The lorry driver apologised and said he put the truck in park when confronted  

This is the moment a driverless 15-tonne bin lorry rolled down a city street and smashed into a row of parked cars.

The horrified driver tried to stop the truck as he chased it down Borron Street in Port Dundas, around one mile north of Glasgow’s city centre.

Footage shows him frantically opening the door and clinging on until he is thrown to the ground.

No one was hurt in the accident but five cars were damaged, including one which was written off. 

Footage of the incident, which took place on October 7, was taken from a nearby gym.

In the clip the lorry driver can be seen pulling up next to silver car and getting out to knock on a door for a food bin as he was collecting food waste on a private round.

He quickly noticed the lorry beginning to roll down the street behind him and grabbed onto the open door before he fell to the floor, unable to keep up.

Another video of the aftermath filmed by a furious motorist shows the wreck of a silver Mini and black BMW, the latter of which was pushed into a lamppost, its rear bumper smashed. 

The lorry rolls down the street and smashes through a rough of parked cars in Port Dundas near Glasgow. It damages five in total 

The refuse collector quickly realises the lorry is rolling back and tries to grip onto it

The cause of the accident is being investigated.  The driver insisted the handbrake was on and the vehicle had been put into park, which had to be done to allow him to access the rear. 

In the same clip an outraged motorist, 33, whose car was scraped by the lorry’s open door confronted the driver on camera. 

The car owner, who witnessed the accident from a nearby skate park, asked the refuse collector: ‘Do you want to explain to us how you have managed to do that?

‘How have you not left it in gear if you’re on a hill with a f***ing bin lorry?’  

‘Did you put it in park?’

The lorry driver insisted the truck had been put into park and offered an apology.

He said: ‘You have to put it in park to switch the back end on.

‘I put the handbrake on, jumped out to knock on the door to ask for a bin, the lorry started going down so when I opened the door that’s when it has pulled your car.

‘I tried to jump in and I couldn’t.’ 

Less than pleased with the response, the man said: ‘That’s f***g ridiculous by the way – how long have you been doing this for?’

The lorry driver gets out to knock on a door and ask for food waste before he realises the lorry is rolling back. He tries to stop it but falls down in the street

The 33-year-old later said: ‘I was skating in the skate park. I came out for a smoke break and saw the devastation.

‘I saw the BMW was totally screwed. At first glance I thought it had been stolen or someone had been drink driving, but then it became apparent that it was bin lorry.

‘The guy was still there trying to explain what had happened.

‘You won’t be able to stop a 15-tonne lorry so this guy was very lucky there was no-one walking down the street.’

He is going through his insurance company to have his car repaired.

The lorry is owned by waste company The NWH Group, based in Dalkeith, Scotland.

A spokesperson for the group said: ‘We can confirm one of our vehicles was involved in an incident in Glasgow on 7 October, no one was injured.

‘We have a strict reporting and investigation process which has been instigated.

‘We are working alongside the emergency services in their investigations and thank them for their assistance.’ 

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