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Driver charged after roof ripped off bus in Fauldhouse bridge crash

Bus jammed under bridge Image copyright Tam Lindsay

A bus driver has been charged after the roof of a double-decker was ripped off when it hit a railway bridge in West Lothian.

The Lothian Country bus was travelling on Shotts Road in Fauldhouse when the incident happened at about 11:15.

Police Scotland shut the route between Springhill and Leadloch Road and have since charged a 51-year-old man in connection with the incident.

A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

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.

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.

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 inquiries."

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