Floral tributes are placed near to the scene of yesterday's bin lorry crash
Floral tributes are placed near to the scene of the bin lorry crash in Glasgow Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Queen has spoken about the Glasgow bin lorry crash in Glasgow, which has cast a dark shadow over Christmas in the city.

In a statement, the monarch said both she and husband Prince Philip were "saddened by the news of the tragic accident".

Six people were killed - including three from a single family - and eight seriously injured after the lorry careered on to the pavement in Queen Street and ploughed into shoppers.

The Queen said: "Prince Philip and I were saddened by the news of the tragic accident in Glasgow yesterday.

"Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured.

"This sad event is made even more difficult as it comes at Christmas time. I send my condolences to all the people of Glasgow."

The three members of the same family who died in the tragedy have been named as Jack and Lorraine Sweeney and their granddaughter, Erin McQuade.