9am Briefing: Pensioners' car lands on its roof after crash

TWO pensioners required treatment after the car they were travelling in crashed and landed on its roof.

The accident happened at 7:45pm yesterday on Wakefield Avenue when the car's front wheel hit the central reservation kerb flagstone and flipped onto its side.

It then slid on the ground before hitting a parked car, ending up on its roof.

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The 69-year-old female passenger released herself while the 73-year-old male driver was trapped upside down by his seatbelt.

Firefighters released the driver and treated him at the scene for first aid and oxygen, but he did not need to go to hospital.

The woman was taken by the ambulance service to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to hospital.

Meanwhile, emergency crews were called to a car crash which left a man requiring hospital treatment.

The accident happened just before 6pm yesterday on Edinburgh Road in Linlithgow.

Road closed after aviation fuel tanker leaks

A TANKER carrying aviation fuel sprung a leak in West Lothian yesterday, sparking a rescue operation and closing the road for more than two hours.

The vehicle was making its way along the M9 just after 3pm near Junction 2 at Philipstoun, when a tyre burst on its trailer.

The puncture lead to a leak to the main tank, causing the fuel to spill out.

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Police closed the road both ways at 3.55pm, allowing firefighters to apply a foam blanket to the affected area.

The scene was then made safe by personnel from BP and the tanker was then safely escorted to Grangemouth.

The road was re-opened by police at 6pm.

Ex-Mint to be beauty spot

THE former home of Scotland's Royal Mint is to be transformed into a new historical attraction and beauty spot.

Despite housing the Royal Mint from 1574 to 1709, the site remains hidden from view to the thousands of tourists who walk down Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

A 60,0000 project will transform a run-down close between the Netherbow and the Cowgate into a new attraction.

Work is already under way in Coinyie House Close – where the Royal Mint was relocated following a 16th century siege at Edinburgh Castle – to create a new public garden similar to the one which would have been enjoyed by locals 300 years ago.

The previously overgrown area will soon boast plots for existing residents to grow vegetables.