23 October 2019 18:36
A Grays resident, who lives one street away from the industrial estate where the truck was found, said his heart was broken for the 39 people who died inside. "It's so sad. My heart is broken for them," Shafi Said, a 35-year-old taxi driver, said. "They're all innocent people — and there was a child on board. I've got an 11-year-old son, I was so shocked — if you put yourself in their position, yeah it's very shocking." Said, who said he moved to Essex from Afghanistan in 2001, told CNN that the local area is very industrial and that trucks are "always passing by." He said he didn't find out about the incident until he looked on Facebook and saw a post from the police.
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