Pensioner crushed to death by car

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Pensioner crushed to death by car

An 86-year-old man has died after being crushed by a parked car, which itself had been struck by a runaway lorry.

John Woods had popped out to buy the morning paper when the accident occurred on Waterside Street in Largs, Ayrshire.

An unattended Tarmac lorry, which had been on the street for road maintainance, had rolled down the street, gathering speed before colliding with a parked Peugeot 206.

The car then lurched forward under the force of the impact, trapping Mr Woods underneath.

Firefighters battled to free him, but the retiree was pronounced dead at the roadside.

Fellow residents at the sheltered housing complex where Mr Woods lived spoke of their shock at the incident.

One elderly neighbour said: "The police, fire and ambulance were all here. The fire brigade cut him out from under the wheels but it was too late," reported the Daily Record.

"It's such an odd thing to happen, a freak accident. My heart goes out that man's family.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident. Sergeant Mark McGowan said: "We believe that an unoccupied heavy goods vehicle rolled down Waterside Street, Largs, and struck a Peugeot 205 which was parked nearby.

"This resulted in the Peugeot striking the 86-year-old man. Three other parked vehicles were damaged in the impact. No other person was injured.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at around 11.30am and witnessed the crash to come forward."