Witnesses tell of horror as man is killed by a lorry on A60 Mansfield Road in Sherwood
WITNESSES have spoken of their horror after a man was killed by a lorry in Sherwood.
The incident happened in Mansfield Road, near the junction with Winchester Street, just before 2.30pm yesterday.
The man, who police have confirmed was 88, was on foot at the time.
Shoppers and people in the area said they will never forget what they saw.
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Ebo Akar, who was working in a newsagents in Mansfield Road, just outside the police cordon, said: "People that have seen that won't sleep tonight. I won't sleep tonight.
"The lorry driver was in shock, crying. He was crying like a child."
He added: "I heard a big bang, at first I thought it could be an accident and then a customer came in and told me."
A BT workman who was a little further down the road at the time, said: "It's the worst accident I've ever seen. There were people screaming up there who saw it."
And a woman who works in Continental Meats, a deli in Mansfield Road, said: "One lady came in, she was very, very upset. She had seen it."
Two lorries, the 87 bus from Arnold and a red car were kept in the cordon area yesterday afternoon.
An onlooker said a woman from the red car was taken to hospital after fainting.
Blue sheeting was placed on the road, which was believed to have covered the body of the accident victim.
Police have not yet released the dead man's name or age, but people in the area described him as "an older man".
One man in the area, who asked not to be named, criticised people for taking pictures of the scene before the man's body was covered up.
"They didn't put a screen up for ages," he said.
There was widespread outrage on social networking site Twitter after one user posted a graphic picture of the scene.
Scores of people last night used the website to express their sorrow for the man, and thoughts for his family.
Jasmin Barlow-Wilkinson, who runs the Homemade Café at a Room Full of Butterflies, in Mansfield Road, wrote on Twitter: "Our thoughts and love go out to the people involved in the tragic accident in Sherwood today close to Homemade, very sad and horrid."
Mansfield Road was closed in both directions between its junctions with Edwards Lane and Haydn Road until 6.15pm.
Buses and other traffic were diverted along Perry Road and Hucknall Road.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101, quoting incident 429 of February 5, 2013 – or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.