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Lorries overturn on major road as winds batter Scotland

A stretch of the A1 in East Lothian was closed to all vehicles from 5am on Tuesday.

Crash: A lorry overturned on the A1.
Crash: A lorry overturned on the A1.

Two lorries overturned on a major road as strong winds and rain batter parts of Scotland.

A stretch of the A1 in East Lothian was closed to all vehicles from 5am on Tuesday between Haddington and Thistly Cross due to high winds expected on the route.

Shortly after midday, a lorry tipped over on the A1 southbound at the Belhaven junction.

At around 12.20pm, another lorry then overturned at the Thorntonloch Beach junction.

Police reported that no one was hurt in the incident.

Overturned: Lorry on A1 Credit: Traffic Scotland

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We received a report of an overturned lorry on the A1 southbound at the Belhaven junction shortly after 12.00pm on Tuesday, January 7.

“Officers attended and no one was injured.

“We received a report of an overturned lorry on the A1 at the Thorntonloch Beach junction around 12.20pm on Tuesday.

“Officers attended and no one was injured.”

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for wind in parts of Scotland between 5am and 9pm on Tuesday.

It said that gusts of 50-60mph were likely and warned of wind speeds of 70-75mph around some of the most exposed coastal and upland sites.

The warning covers the Highlands, Moray, Fife, Falkirk, south-west Scotland, Lothian and Borders and parts of Strathclyde.

Flood warnings are also in place in Crieff and other parts of Perth and Kinross.

Traffic Scotland stated that some drivers are ignoring the safety advice and restrictions put in place.

In response to the overturned lorries, a spokesperson urged: “Please do not ignore police safety advice on this route. There are gusts of 68mph.”

Last month a police officer had to request the closure of the road after a lorry toppled over onto his patrol car during high winds.

The static police vehicle was “carrying out scene protection” after another lorry had toppled over between the two carriageways of the A1 between Haddington and Dunbar at around 10.15am on December 10.

No one was seriously injured in the incident.

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