A nurse has died outside a hospital’s accident and emergency unit after being hit by a lorry.
Police were called to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on Wednesday morning, after receiving reports a 55-year-old man had been hit by a heavy goods vehicle.
But despite being virtually on the doorstep of A&E and the best efforts of his colleagues, the hospital worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his loved ones during this time”
Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses, while health bosses said the incident had left staff devastated.
Tina Donnelly, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said: “Each day our organisation works to protect and support our nursing workforce.
“Tragic accidents such as this, which took place not too far from our headquarters, reminds us how precious life is,” she said. “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his loved ones during this time.”
The incident happened in UHW’s grounds at around 8.10am this morning and involved a lorry from catering firm Bidvest 3663.
A South Wales Police spokesman said the accident happened on an access road in the grounds of the hospital, and appealed for witnesses.
The man’s next of kin and the coroner have been informed.
Bidvest 3663 said it was fully co-operating with the police investigation.
A company spokeswoman said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the friends and family of the deceased.
“A full investigation into the incident is ongoing and we are working with the police to establish the cause,” she said. “We are unable to comment further until the investigation is complete.”
Any witnesses are asked to contact the South Wales Police’s road policing unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 and quote reference 1400423279.
The University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff is part of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.