A woman was left fighting for her life in hospital after being hit by falling debris as the Capital was hit by a freak weather storm.
Storm Hector left a trail of destruction as it swept across Edinburgh and the Lothians today, felling trees and sparking flood warnings.
A woman aged in her 40s was last night thought to be in a critical condition in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after being struck by a roof slate at the height of the dangerous winds.
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The pedestrian was walking on the pavement in front of a row of shops on Dalry Road shortly before 10am when the slate fell four stories onto her.
One Dalry Road business owner said: “She was just walking down the street and then the next thing a tile fell from the top of the building and hit her.
“I think it hit her on the head and she collapsed to the ground and there were people trying to help her.”
The pavement was cordoned off outside the row of shops, including charity shop Cats Protection, as police launched an investigation. Officers were witnessed picking up pieces of the slate before taking them away in evidence bags.
A passer-by said: “It was terrible. I turned round to see all these people around a lady on the ground. I just hope she’s OK.” Physiotherapists from Space Clinics across the road raced to help the woman, while paramedics were called.
Neighbouring Orwell Terrace was also sealed off as masonry was spotted coming loose from the side of a tenement in gale force conditions.
Police cordoned off separate sections of Dalry Road over fears more tiles might be blown loose.
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A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We dispatched two ambulances to the scene and one patient was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Hospital.”
The tragic incident, thought to be the most serious caused by the storm front, came as Edinburgh was gripped by wind speeds that reached 59mph.
Trees were uprooted onto parked cars on several busy roads across the city, forcing closures.
Part of the A1 in East Lothian had to be shut after a lorry overturned at Tyne Bridge. The Forth Road Bridge, which carries buses, cyclists and pedestrians, was also closed.
In Edinburgh, Dalry Road and Strathearn Road in Marchmont were shut due to falling trees and debris.
Several parked cars were crushed by falling branches on East Fettes Avenue, close to the prestigious Fettes College.
A Scottish Gas worker had a lucky escape when a tree fell in front of his van while driving in Marchmont.
The driver braked hard when he spotted the hazard in Stathearn Road. The van’s windscreen was shattered, but he avoided serious injury.
British Gas spokesperson said of the engineer: “We can confirm that although he was shaken by the incident, he is recovering and doing fine.”
A large tree fell, obstructing an entrance to Astley Ainslie Hospital for a number of hours.
The tree had blocked the Canaan Lane entrance to the building, with patients forced to use alternative access until tree surgeons were able to remove it.
Incredible video footage obtained by the Evening News also showed a VIP marquee set up for next month’s Scottish Open golf championship completely destroyed by the gale force winds.
The tent had been set up at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian ahead of the world-class tournament taking place from July 12-15. No-one was injured.
High winds affected some ScotRail routes, disrupting Edinburgh to Milngavie services via Airdrie.
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