Video: CCTV shows van blown over on bridge

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THIS is the terrifying moment a van was blown over on the Forth Road Bridge after ignoring signs warning that the road was closed to all high-sided vehicles.

The incident came as storm-gust winds battered the country, and the footage shows exactly why the bridge is closed to any high-side vehicles during strong winds.

CCTV image of a van on the Forth Road Bridge threatening to topple over during the storm on Thursday, December 6.

CCTV image of a van on the Forth Road Bridge threatening to topple over during the storm on Thursday, December 6.

As revealed in the Evening News last week, the driver was forced to abandon his van in howling gale force winds after it was tipped over and left tilting at a precarious 45-degree angle at the height of rush-hour chaos last Thursday.

He was later labelled “extremely irresponsible” and “reckless”.

The 62-year-old was travelling from Fife to Edinburgh when he ignored a series of large electronic message boards declaring the bridge closed to high-sided vehicles. The white Luton van started crossing at about 8.10am, but had made it less than a few hundred metres when it started leaning dangerously.

The CCTV footage shows the man stopped the vehicle, with the metal barrier running alongside the carriageway the only thing that stopped it from flipping over on its side. The crossing was closed to all traffic minutes later at 8.15am and stayed shut for about two hours.

The van was later removed at about 10am.