‘Cheerful and happy’ binman, 59, is crushed to death by his lorry

‘Cheerful and happy’ binman, 59, is run over and killed by his lorry ‘while pushing a colleague to safety’ in horrific accident during morning rounds

  • Father-of-five Paul Abbott, 59, was killed on rounds in Northolt on Tuesday 
  • He reportedly died a hero after pushing a colleague out of the way of lorry 
  • Tributes poured in for the QPR fan, a member of his local Conservative club
  • Simon Scott, an ex-colleague, said: ‘He was such a top lad, cheerful and happy’

A ‘cheerful and happy’ binman was killed by his lorry in an horrific accident during his team’s morning rounds.

Father-of-five Paul Abbott, 59, was collecting waste in Northolt, north-west London on Tuesday when he was hit by the lorry.

He reportedly died a hero after pushing a colleague out of the way of the vehicle before he was struck. The cause of the accident will be addressed in an inquest.

Shattered friends tonight told MailOnline Mr Abbott was a ‘hard worker who loved his family with all his heart.’ 


Father-of-five Paul Abbott (pictured), 59, was collecting waste in Northolt, north-west London on Tuesday when he was hit by the lorry

The cause of the accident will be addressed in an inquest. Pictured is the scene in Northolt

Mr Abbott was a QPR fan and a member of his local Conservative club. Pictured is the scene in Northolt

Mr Abbott was a QPR fan and a member of his local Conservative club. 

Simon Scott, a former colleague, said: ‘He was such a top lad, a cheerful and happy chap who loved his job. May you rest in peace.’ 

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers were appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact them. 


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‘Police were called to Priors Field, Northolt at 7.27am on Tuesday following reports of a collision,’ the spokesman said.

‘Officers and crews from the London Ambulance Service attended and found a refuse lorry had been in collision with Mr Abbott, one of the lorry crew.

‘Mr Abbott was treated at the scene by paramedics but died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. A post mortem examination is due to take place later.

‘The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their inquiries. No arrests have been made.’

Shattered friends tonight told MailOnline Mr Abbott was a ‘hard worker who loved his family with all his heart.’ Pictured: The scene

Simon Scott, a former colleague, said: ‘He was such a top lad, a cheerful and happy chap who loved his job. May you rest in peace.’ Pictured: The scene

Police were called to Priors Field, Northolt at 7.27am on Tuesday following reports of a collision. Pictured is the scene

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