Bus roof ripped off after hitting West Lothian railway bridge

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The roof of a double-decker bus has ripped off after it hit a railway bridge.

The incident happened on Tuesday at about 11.15am in Shotts Road in Fauldhouse, West Lothian.

Police Scotland have shut the route between Springhill and Leadloch Road.

Network Rail, which manages the bridge, introduced at 20mph speed limit for trains crossing the structure, initially saying it was “at risk” of falling if disturbed by vibrations.

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A spokesman said: “Our engineers have inspected the bridge and it has not been damaged by the collision.

“We’re working to resolve the incident as quickly as possible and trains are continuing to run, at a reduced speed, while the bus roof is removed from beneath the bridge.”

No-one was injured and the Lothian Country bus driver was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the incident.

A spokesman for the operator said: “We can confirm one of our vehicles was involved in an incident earlier today in the Fauldhouse area and we are fully assisting Police Scotland with their enquiries.”

Police Scotland confirmed a 51-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident.

A spokesperson said: “Around 11.15am, we were called to Shotts Road following a report that a bus had collided with a railway bridge.

“@NetworkRailSCOT has assessed the damage and, following the bus being recovered, the road was reopened at 2.20pm.

“There were no passengers on board and the driver was uninjured. The 51-year-old has been charged in connection with this and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

“The public are thanked for their patience during this time.”

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