Bin lorry crash in Glasgow brings city-centre to a standstill Getty

A bin lorry crash in Glasgow city centre has been declared a major incident, amid reports several people were killed.

There was carnage at around 2:30pm when a waste disposal truck mounted the pavement in Queen Street and ploughed into pedestrians.

Unconfirmed reports said at six people died as a result of being hit by the heavy vehicle. Police Scotland refused to issue a number of the dead in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The constabulary did make a public statement, after police cars accompanied fire engines and ambulances rushing to the scene.

Police statement in full:

"About 14.30 hours today, Monday 22 December 2014, a Glasgow City Council bin lorry was travelling north on Queen Street when it appeared to strike pedestrians outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) before continuing to travel towards George Square, when it crashed at the Millennium Hotel on Queen Street at George Square.

"There have been a number of fatalities and people injured. Emergency services are currently at the scene. Police have declared the scene a major incident.

"All roads in the surrounding area are closed and people are advised to stay away from George Square and make alternative travel arrangements."