Man dies in town centre tragedy

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AN elderly man has died after being crushed by a lorry at a pedestrian crossing.

The tragic incident took place in full view of hundreds of people in Sudbury town centre as shoppers and workers were left in shock on Market Hill just after 1.30pm on Tuesday.

It is thought the man, who has not yet been named but is thought to have lived locally, had been attempting to cross the zebra crossing between St Peter’s Church and the Winch and Blatch department store when he was involved in the collision with the lorry, becoming trapped under its wheels as horrified witnesses watched on.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene setting up a cordon and diverting traffic away from the area as firefighters from the town, Long Melford and Bury St Edmunds put up sheets in front of the lorry.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that an elderly man had died at the scene and that the 49-year-old lorry driver was uninjured.

She added that an investigation into the man’s death was underway and police were appealing for witnesses to the collision to call Suffolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team on 01473 613500.

The identification of the man is due to be released later this week.

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