Bus driver ‘critical’ following tram collision
The driver of a bus which was involved in a crash with a tram is in a critical condition in hospital, police have said.
The tram derailed following the collision on Eastfield Avenue around 5.30pm on Wednesday near Edinburgh Airport.
The 66-year-old male driver of the bus sustained a number of serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he remains in a critical condition.
At the time of the collision, there were no passengers on the bus and the 20 passengers on the tram were not injured.
The driver and conductor of the tram were checked over as a precaution but did not have serious injuries, police said.
Inquiries by Edinburgh’s road policing unit are continuing and anyone with information is asked to come forward.
Speaking at the scene, Police Scotland Sergeant Fraser Wood said: “My understanding is that the bus was crossing at the level crossing where it should have been and the tram has struck it on the driver’s side.
“It caused the front end of the tram to derail.
“We will pursue all lines of inquiry until we get to the cause.”
The next stage of the investigation involves the recovery of the tram and bus which will allow the road to be reopened.
Sgt Wood added: “Our investigation will concentrate on witness statements, CCTV and any other local inquiries including the signals.
“We’ve also been in touch with Health and Safety who are speaking with the Office of Rail Regulation.”
A spokesman for Edinburgh Trams said: “The wellbeing of everyone involved in last night’s road traffic accident continues to be our number one priority.
“Our tram is currently being recovered which will allow the maintenance teams to make an assessment of the condition of tram tracks.
“We will continue to operate part route until this has been completed.
“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding while we work to resume full services.”
The bus and tram collided near Edinburgh Airport