East Cost railway line closed after lorry crash

Friday June 24th 2022


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The lorry crashed and came to rest on the East Coast Main railway line. Photo Network Rail Scotland.

Road Policing Officers are appealing for information after a serious road crash in Haddington Road, Wallyford, on Thursday, 23 June, 2022.

Around 1.30pm, a lorry which was being driven on Haddington Road, Wallyford, left the roadway, collided with a wall and thereafter went down an embankment coming to rest on the East Coast Main railway line.

Emergency services attended and the 41-year-old male lorry driver was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for the treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

The road and the railway line were closed for around eight hours to allow investigations to be carried out and the vehicle to be recovered.

Extensive enquiries are ongoing and officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact police.

Sergeant Ross Drummond, of Lothian and Scottish Borders Road Policing Unit, said: “Our investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing.

“If you were in the area at the time, please think back and get in touch with us if you have any information which may be able to assist our investigation.

“We are also keen to speak to motorists who may have dash-cam footage of the incident.

“I’d ask anyone with any information to contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting reference number 1714 of Thursday, 23 June, 2022.”

The East Coast railway line has been closed since the crash. Network Rail have now removed the lorry from the track. Their Twitter update at 7:30 am today said

“Good progress on repairs overnight, but unfortunately the East Coast Mainline between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed hasn’t reopened though it’s imminent. Repairs ongoing to the signalling system, following the HGV destroying a lineside cabinet.

“This will be done as quickly as possible, and we’ll keep you updated. Teams overnight successfully removed the HGV and repaired damaged overhead line equipment, boundary and retaining walls and replaced 2 rails as a precautionary measure.

“We’ll continue to work closely with our train operators, who’ve made changes to their timetables for this morning. Please do check your journey before you travel.”

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