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Watford woman dies after collision with skip lorry

A woman has died from injuries suffered after being hit by a skip lorry in Watford yesterday (13 March).

The incident occurred just before 1.10pm on Watford High Street as a DAF skip lorry was turning onto Market Street from the High Street. Gail Miller, 59, was struck by the lorry and died at the scene from fatal head injuries suffered in the collision.

The police closed off the scene and implemented road closures to allow the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Forensic Collision Investigation Unit to carry out an initial investigation into the incident.

Watford woman dies after collision with skip lorry
Watford High Street

Speaking to the Watford Observer, Sergeant Martin Kemp of Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “A woman has sadly lost her life as a result of this collision and our thoughts are with her family at this very difficult time. We are doing all we can to establish the circumstances around exactly what happened leading up to the collision yesterday afternoon.

“I am now appealing to anyone who has any information that could assist our investigation, and who has not yet spoken to police, to please come forward. Additionally, there are now an increasing number of motorists who have dash cams installed in their vehicles.

"If you have any footage which you believe may prove helpful to our enquiries, we ask that you contact us immediately.”

The waste and recycling sector remains one of the most dangerous industrial sectors in the UK, with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures showing that 14 workers in the sector suffered fatal injuries in 2016/17, while 11 members of the public lost their lives due to incidents related to work activities in the sector over the five years leading up to 2016/17.