Trains from Glasgow delayed after lorry crashes onto train tracks

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Image from Network Rail
Image from Network Rail

TRAINS travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh have been delayed after a lorry crashed onto train tracks near Wallyford station. 

Emergency services were called to the scene around 1.30pm following reports that a lorry had crashed near to the Wallyford roundabout and Haddington Road.

The male driver was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment following the incident and his condition is not known.

ScotRail announced on Twitter that services travelling to and from Edinburgh Waverly were affected by the incident after the power was switched off due to the lorry being close to overhead wires.

The power was restored at around 4pm and ScotRail said its services were returning to normal

However, Network Rail has said that it is unlikely East Coast Mainline services between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed will be able to reopen first thing tomorrow.

A crane is currently in place to remove the HGV and overhead power lines will need to be removed and then repaired to allow the lorry to be recovered.

It comes as RMT railway workers are currently undertaking the second of three scheduled rail strikes today in a dispute over pay and working conditions, meaning only five lines were planned to run across the whole of Scotland.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Officers were called to reports of a lorry on the railway tracks near the A199, Wallyford, Musselburgh around 1.30pm on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

"The male lorry driver has been taken to hospital by ambulance.

"Emergency services are currently at the scene and the following roads are closed:

"A199 closed between the Dolphinstone junction and Strawberry Corner roundabout.

"A199 closed at the Loan junction, Wallyford.

"A6094 closed at the Loan junction, Wallyford.

"Diversions are in place."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 1.33pm on Thursday, June 23 to reports of an incident involving a lorry on a railway line near to Wallyford roundabout and Haddington Road, Musselburgh.

"Operations Control mobilised three fire appliances and specialist resources to assist emergency service partners at the scene.

"One casualty is in the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

"Firefighters remain in attendance."

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