Driver charged after HGV blown over on Forth Road Bridge

Emma Shone
January 11, 2017

A Currie European driver has been charged after his vehicle was blown over on the Forth Road Bridge this morning, which he was crossing despite the bridge being closed to HGVs.

The structure was closed to the vehicle due to high winds when the incident occurred this morning (11 January) at 2am.

A spokesman for Police Scotland told "A 54-year-old man has been charged following a collision on the Forth Road Bridge at around 2am on Wednesday 11th January. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

The truck was blown from the northbound to the southbound carriageway, and the bridge was closed in both directions following the incident.

Mark Arndt, bridge operator Amey’s operating company representative for the bridge, said that while the northbound carriageway was likely to reopen “later today”.

However, he said the removal of the vehicle would need a crane, the use of which was dependant on the wind speeds.

“We are continuing to monitor the forecast and have team mobilised and ready to respond as soon as it is safe to do so but it is very likely the bridge will remain closed through the morning peak," he added.

Currie European had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

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