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Colleagues of the refuse collector killed by a bin lorry this week in Northolt have told local residents that he died saving a colleague from the same fate.

The deceased has been named locally as Paul Abbott who lived in Greenford. He was part of a team collecting refuse in Ealing Borough working for contractor Amey. The fatality occurred shortly before 7.27am at Priors Field, Northolt on Tuesday, 4 December.

Amey have not confirmed the name of their employee but his colleagues, who were responding to expressions of concern from local residents, have said that he was a father of six in his fifties who was a QPR supporter. One of his children reportedly has severe disabilities and he acted as a carer. His colleagues said that just before he was hit by the lorry he pushed a workmate out of the way.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Although he has not been formally identified his next of kin have been informed.

The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries although he was not arrested.

James Haluch, managing director of Amey Highways said, “We are unable to provide further details about this incident at present. However, our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with their family, friends and colleagues affected. We are working with the police to establish how this tragic event has taken place.”

Councillor Mik Sabiers, cabinet member for environment and highways said, “ The council extends its deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

“Collection crews are being informed and sent home. Services that are impacted will be resumed Saturday and we ask for patience and understanding from residents affected during this difficult time.”

Cllr Greg Stafford, Conservative Opposition Leader said, “We are deeply saddened to learn that a member of the Amey crew died this morning whilst undertaking his duties. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and work colleagues.”

We have asked Amey to confirm the details of the incident but have yet to receive a reply.

December 6, 2018

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