Man dies after accident in Edinburgh city centre

A man is understood to have died after an accident on Waverley Bridge.

Police closed Waverley Bridge to all traffic and pedestrians after the accident. Pic: Kaye Nicholson

Emergency medical staff raced to the scene following the incident, which reportedly saw the man struck by a car in front of horrified pedestrians, at around 5pm.

The accident happened outside the main vehicle entrance to the station opposite the pick-up point for the Airlink bus, and the scene was quickly surrounded by emergency vehicles.

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One witness said the car appeared to be carrying out a U-turn when the man was struck. It ios understood he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bridge was closed to all traffic after the accident, with drivers advised to use alternate routes and to expect long delays.

Police officers have closed the road between Market Street and Princes Street and commuters are being advised to avoid the area.