A busy road was forced to close after a bus collided with a historic Aberdeen bridge.
Emergency services were called to the scene at the Wellington Suspension Bridge on Riverside Drive at 3.10pm yesterday after the double decker bus, which wasn’t carrying any passengers, smashed into the structure.
As a result of the incident, the road was closed for two hours, which caused lengthy delays across the south of the Granite City.
Kevin Stewart, MSP for Aberdeen Central, was left in shock at the bizarre incident, which left no one injured.
“I was shocked to see images of a double decker bus trying to get under the Wellington Suspension Bridge and I’m relieved the vehicle has now been removed after
becoming stuck,” he said.
“That structure is of significant historic importance to this city and I hope the city council can inspect the bridge immediately and provide an update on its condition.
“While I hope the driver was unharmed in the incident, it is baffling that they misjudged the height of this bus so badly and it is fortunate that no passengers were on board at the time as serious injuries could have been caused.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said it was not yet clear if any structural damage had been caused to the bridge.
A First Bus spokesman confirmed the bus was not in service at the time of the crash.
He said: “We can confirm there were no passengers on board this vehicle when
it collided with the bridge on Riverside Drive.
“The vehicle was not in service at the time.
“It is too early to know the exact details of what happened but we will be providing the police with every assistance in their investigation into the circumstances.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “The collision happened just off the esplanade.
“There were no passengers on-board and no one has been injured.”