Policeman recalls lucky escape on ‘Windy Bridge’ as HGV toppled on to patrol car

By Conor Riordan, PA Scotland

A police officer has relived the moment a lorry toppled over on to his patrol car during high winds.

The incident happened on a bridge on the A1 near East Linton, East Lothian, on Tuesday morning.

Sergeant John Easton was called to the scene after another HGV had been blown on its side and was checking on the driver.

He returned to his vehicle to contact Traffic Scotland to close the bridge as the area was deemed too dangerous due to the weather conditions.

It was at that moment that a lorry passing the static police car was hit by a strong gust, and it toppled over on to Sgt Easton’s vehicle.

The officer said: “When I got to the scene, I jumped out the car, went across to check on the driver from the first lorry to make sure that he was ok, and he was already in another vehicle with one of our support drivers, so I said to them they needed to get off the bridge as it was too dangerous.

“As I struggled trying to get back to my car I had to hold on to the lorry to try and pull myself around.

“I had to get back into my car to then contact our control room and Traffic Scotland to close the bridge and the road.

“As I was speaking on the radio the lorry started to fall over on to my car.

“I took a deep breath, got out, and checked that the driver of the lorry that had hit my vehicle was ok before radioing for more assistance.

“Colleagues quickly arrived to help at the scene and we closed the road at the bridge.”

No-one was seriously hurt in either incident.

The footage has since been released by Police Scotland.

Sgt Easton added: “It could have been much worse but fortunately I walked away unscathed.

“I certainly won’t forget why it’s called the ‘Windy Bridge’ now.”