Pensioner is killed in HGV horror

Emergency services at the scene of the accident
Emergency services at the scene of the accident
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A PENSIONER was killed in a horrific accident in Mytholmroyd yesterday.

Police were called to Burnley Road at 2.10pm to reports that a 79-year-old woman had been hit by a wagon near the medical centre.

The wagon was queuing at the junction of New Road. As it moved forward to the front of the queue, it hit the woman who was crossing the road.

The pensioner, understood to be from Luddenden, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was shut while officers carried out investigations and cleared the scene.

Several Courier readers reported huge traffic congestion in the area.

Angus Downie, landlord of the Dusty Miller in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, said: “Where the bridge is, somebody has crossed the road and I think they have gone under the wheels of a wagon.

“I think they have died, because people were saying there was a body covered up.

“Somebody said it was an old lady, someone else said it was an old man, but we don’t really know what’s going on.”

Barbara Binns, a supervisor at the Sainsbury’s Local shop in Burnley Road, said: “It doesn’t look good. We’ve got fire engines and ambulances and police everywhere.

“I don’t think she’s alive. It makes you go cold.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047.