Bus driver ‘crit­i­cal’ fol­low­ing tram col­li­sion

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY GRAEME MUR­RAY

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

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