Bus driver hurt in crash with tram at air­port

Ac­ci­dent: De­rail­ment with six pas­sen­gers aboard

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY LUCINDA CAMERON

A bus driver has been taken to hospi­tal after his ve­hi­cle was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a tram near Edinburgh Air­port.

The tram de­railed fol­low­ing the crash which hap­pened on East­field Av­enue at about 5.30pm yes­ter­day.

The driver and ticket con­duc­tor from the tram were treated at the scene by paramedics and their in­juries are not thought to be se­ri­ous, while the six pas­sen­gers on board are not be­lieved to have been in­jured.

There were no pas­sen­gers on the bus, which is used to transport peo­ple be­tween the longstay air­port car parks and the terminal build­ing.

The bus driver has been taken to the Royal In­fir­mary of Edinburgh for treat­ment. The ex­tent of his in­juries is not known.

Tram ser­vices in the area were dis­rupted fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, with ser­vices from the city cen­tre ter­mi­nat­ing at Gyle Cen­tre a few stops be­fore the air­port.

An Edinburgh Trams spokesman said: “We are work­ing with the emer­gency ser­vices to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the in­ci­dent and would like to of­fer any sup­port to those af­fected.

“While the in­ci­dent is on­go­ing, a ticket ac­cep­tance agree­ment is in place with Loth­ian Buses to help cus­tomers com­plete their jour­neys.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash and asked any­one who was in the area at the time and saw the in­ci­dent to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land via 101. A po­lice spokesman said: “Emer­gency ser­vices are cur­rently deal­ing with a road traf­fic col­li­sion in­volv­ing a sin­gle decker bus and a tram near Edinburgh Air­port.

“The tram has de­railed as a re­sult of the col­li­sion.”

Edinburgh Air­port tweeted that there was a build-up of traf­fic in the area fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

An Edinburgh Air­port spokesman said: “We can con­firm an air­port bus was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a tram. Emer­gency ser­vices are cur­rently on scene deal­ing with the in­ci­dent and we will as­sist them through­out.”

“The tram has de­railed as a re­sult of the col­li­sion”

DAM­AGE: The bus in the af­ter­math of a col­li­sion with a tram near Edinburgh Air­port

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