News : Helpline Set Up for George Square Families
Jan 5, 2015 -- A helpline offering legal advice to people affected by the bin lorry crash in George Square has been set up.
Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) launched the helpline to ensure trade union members and their families are aware they are entitled to free representation.
Ian Tasker from the STUC said: "Coming one year on from the events of the Clutha tragedy the STUC feels very strongly that people who have lost loved ones or people that have been injured are made aware that they have the right to the best legal representation from their union's lawyers.
"As with the Clutha tragedy we want people to call our helpline rather than seek legal advice from lawyers who may charge them substantial sums of money for their services."
He added: "Any person who is a trade union member or, in most cases a family member, related to a trade union member is entitled to expert legal representation.
"This service is free and comes as part of their trade union membership."
The tragedy left the entire city reeling after six people were killed and more than 10 injured by the out of control bin lorry just before Christmas.
Danielle Dawson, 13, who has hit by the lorry while she stood beside the Duke of Wellington Statue in Royal Exchange Square, has spoken about the tragic events for the first time.
She said: "I just heard screaming - I don't know who it was - and turned round and saw green. And then I was in the air."
She was with her two friends Alix Stewart, 14, and Irene McAuley, 18.
She said: "I was thrown three or four metres. I could see Alix but I couldn't see Irene."
Miss Dawson luckily walked away with cuts and bruises, but Miss McAuley had facial injuries and her friend Alix Stewart suffered kidney and liver damage, broken bones and a severe injury to her ear, she remains in hospital but is in a stable condition.
Today a funeral mass for the 29-year-old primary school teacher Stephenie Tait will be held at St Thomas's Church in Riddrie.
Meanwhile mourners gathered in Dumbarton over the weekend to pay their respects to three members of the same family who were killed in the crash.
The funerals of 18-year-old Erin McQuade and grandparents Jack and Lorraine Sweeney had more than 1000 mourners, Police Scotland estimated.
Local MSP Jackie Baillie, Justice Minister Michael Matheson and Glasgow City Council Leader Gordon Matheson all attended the service held in St Patrick's RC Church on Saturday January 3.
A private funeral for 51-year-old victim Jacqueline Morton was held on Saturday at Daldowie Crematorium.
The lorry driver remains in hospital but is in a stable condition.
Investigations into the accident are still ongoing.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About Scottish Trades Union Congress:
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is the national trade union centre in Scotland. With 39 affiliated unions as of 2007, the STUC represents around 630,000 trade unionists.
Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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