Two hurt in serious road crash in Polbeth

by Rebecca Garrett

Two men have been injured in a serious accident on the A71 between Polbeth and West Calder, forcing police to close the road down.

Police were called just before 2.30pm on Wednesday, April 11 following a crash involving two vehicles – a car and a van. The van driver suffered minor injuries, but there is as yet no information on the car driver, other than that he was taken to hospital.

When s1polbeth contacted police, a spokeswoman confirmed that the drivers were both males. She added: “We got the call at 2.25pm. It was a Toyota Venza and a Mercedes Sprinter.

"The van driver has a wrist injury. The driver of the car has been taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. I don’t know anything about his condition.”

According to West Lothian Council, the road would remain closed for “some time” to allow for the vehicles to be uplifted and police to carry out investigations.

Within hours of the accident, eyewitnesses took to social networking sites. One local posted on facebook: “There were police, ambulance and fire engines dashing past. From what I gather, it was a car crash outside the Overboard Soft Play.”

Another user commented: “The car had to get the roof cut off; looked quite bad. We left the Soft Play at the back of three and the road was still closed.”

One passer-by also claimed that the car driver “was conscious but injured”; whilst another said: “He [the car driver] was being cut out by the fire brigade. I'm a first aider so had gone to help. He was conscious and breathing. Van driver was absolutely fine and out walking about.”

Did you see the accident? Has the road closure affected you? Let us know here at s1polbeth.


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