A MAN suffered serious injuries after being struck by a bin lorry as stormy weather hit the Capital.
It is feared that the 63-year-old pedestrian may have lost his balance in the high winds and fallen into the path of the private refuse truck on Gorgie Park Road.
He remains in a serious condition at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
It is understood that the wintry weather conditions – in which the wind hit speeds of 50mph – are being considered by police as among the factors which caused the accident.
Onlookers reported seeing a man lying motionless on the ground after the collision with a Scotwaste lorry at 6am yesterday. The north side of Gorgie Park Road, beside Aldi and McDonald’s, was partially closed by police before the lorry was uplifted at around 11.20am.
Stewart Melrose, chief executive at Bathgate-based Scotwaste, said that the windy weather was among the possible causes of the collision.
“It’s one of the things we are thinking, although we don’t know. It was so blustery,” he said. “Our vehicle went through a green light and turned left. The person was either crossing, or got blown off the pavement or didn’t see. We just don’t know at this stage. All we can do is hope that it’s not as bad as first thought. Our thoughts are with [the victim] and his family. The driver is very shaken.”
Mr Melrose described the driver, who had been going to empty bins at McDonald’s, as “very experienced”.
He said: “He’s been doing this for a long time, and it’s the worst thing that’s happened to him, you can only imagine.
“The driver went straight home and police are going to be interviewing him. We haven’t got the lorry as the police have to do their own checks on the vehicle.”
A local businesswoman, who asked not to be named, said she saw the emergency services surrounding the victim shortly after 6am.
She said: “It was so windy, it would have been so easy just to blow someone off their feet into the direction of the lorry.”
She said the victim was seen lying near the left-hand kerb of Gorgie Park Road. “He wasn’t moving,” she added. “There were paramedics there, and guys from the bin lorry as well. They must have been the ones that called for the ambulance.”
Local councillor Gavin Corbett said: “I really hope the man who has been knocked down makes a full and speedy recovery. My thoughts are with him and any family or friends.
“Gorgie Park Road is used a lot by pedestrians and cyclists coming between Slateford Road and Gorgie Road so an accident like this is obviously a worry. I’ll be keen to get the police report so we know what the exact circumstances are and any lessons to be learned.”
Police are believed to be examining CCTV footage from Aldi and McDonald’s to help establish the circumstances of the incident.
Sergeant Ross Drummond said: “This collision has left a man with serious injuries and we are keen to speak to anyone with information that can help us with our inquiries.”