THURROCK Council is sad to report the death of one of its employees – a refuse collection operative – in this morning’s accident in Oliver Road, West Thurrock.
Two other employees were involved and were taken to hospital, but were not seriously hurt.
The accident involved a refuse lorry and an articulated lorry. Police are still investigating the incident and the council is committed to co-operating fully with that inquiry as well as carrying out its own.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent, who visited the council depot today, said: “At this sad time our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of the man who died and the two who were injured.
“We are also concerned for the welfare of all staff and have arranged for counsellors to be available at the depot for any workers who may feel the need to discuss what happened with them.”
West Thurrock and South Stafford councillor, Oliver Gerrish has also expressed his sympathies.
Cllr Gerrish said: "Very sad to hear about the incident in West Thurrock this morning.
"My thoughts are with all those involved".
Fellow ward councillor, Terry Brookes said: "So sorry to hear about the tragic death of a Thurrock Council Employee today. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues."