Edinburgh bypass crash bin lorry driver dies

The man was driving a city council bin lorry similar to this. Picture: Ian Georgeson
The man was driving a city council bin lorry similar to this. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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AN Edinburgh bin lorry driver who suffered a suspected heart attack at the wheel and swerved into crash barriers has died in hospital.

Police have confirmed the 54-year-old man passed away at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the early hours of Thursday morning.

It is believed the city council-employed worker fell ill just before his vehicle collided with a central reservation barrier on the A720 Edinburgh bypass, near Lothianburn junction, on Boxing Day.

Friends of the man said he did everything possible to ensure the lorry came to a halt without causing harm to other road users and his colleagues.

A police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that the driver of a refuse collection vehicle that was involved in a collision on Edinburgh city bypass on Saturday, December 26, has sadly passed away in hospital.

“The 54-year-old succumbed to his injuries at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“His next of kin have been informed and local officers are continuing to offer them support at this difficult time.”

Andrew Kerr, the city council’s chief executive, paid tribute. He said: “We are extremely saddened that our colleague has passed away so tragically and our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and co-workers. A long-standing and dedicated employee, he was well-liked and respected. Everyone who knew him will miss him.”