October 11, 2008

Van Driver Critical After Crash

MORE than 6,000 litres of alcohol were spilt over a road yesterday after a 38-tonne tanker overturned.

The tanker, travelling from a distillery in Edinburgh, collided with a small van at 8:40am on the A71 near the North British Distillery in Addiewell, West Lothian.

Fire and Rescue services had to cut the van driver out of his vehicle using hydraulic cutting equipment. The 52-year-old was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and last night was described as being in a critical condition.

The driver of the tanker was treated for shock and other minor injuries.

Fire services managed to contain the spillage amid fears of environmental damage to the River Almond.

Tom Kane, group manager at Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue, said: "Fire and Rescue Service hazardous materials officers, alongside the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, tested the river and have given the all-clear."

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