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Bus driver taken to hospital in Edinburgh after collision with tram

The tram derailed after the collision near Edinburgh Airport (Danny Lawson/PA) Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

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

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

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 passengers between the long-stay 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.

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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: “Edinburgh Trams regret to advise that services are currently running between York Place and Gyle Centre due to a road traffic collision at Eastfield Avenue near Edinburgh Airport.

“Early indications suggest that minor injuries have been reported from both the road vehicle and the tram involved.

“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.

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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.”