Man dies following collision with Veolia bin lorry in Croydon

A pedestrian has been pronounced dead following a collision with a Veolia bin lorry in Croydon, South London, last Wednesday (11 July).

The incident took place just before 11am on Cherry Tree Green, off Limpsfield Road, in Sanderstead, with an air ambulance arriving to provide assistance to police and ambulance. However, the pedestrian, Steven Cooper, a local 63-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene, despite the best efforts of the emergency services to keep him alive.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: "Police were called at 10.49am on Wednesday, June 11 by the London Ambulance Service to reports of a collision, involving a refuse collection truck and a pedestrian, in Cherry Tree Green.

Man dies following collision with bin lorry in Croydon
Cherry Tree Green in Sanderstead.

“London’s Air Ambulance also attended. The pedestrian, a man in his 60s, died at the scene at 11am. Next of kin have been informed, we await formal identification. Local road closures are in place. The refuse truck stopped at the scene. There have been no arrests."

Police are now calling for witnesses and anyone with any information on the incident to come forward to aid with their inquiries.

A Croydon Council spokesman said: “We are saddened to hear of the death of a pedestrian in south Croydon earlier this morning and our sympathies are with his family.”

A spokesperson for waste management company Veolia, whose lorry was involved in the incident, said: “We can confirm that one of our collection vehicles was involved in a serious incident in the Sanderstead area of Croydon at 10.50am today in which tragically a man has died. Our deepest sympathy is with the family of the deceased and while we are unable to comment further on the circumstances at present, we are working closely with the emergency services and a full investigation into the incident is underway.”

The waste and recycling sector was once again confirmed as one of the most dangerous sectors in the UK by the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) latest fatal injury statistics, with 12 deaths to workers in 2017/18, with the two most common causes of fatal injury being falling from a height and being struck by a moving vehicle.

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