Lorry roll closes Midlothian road

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Police investigations are continuing after a 30-tonne lorry overturned near Penicuik.

The FedEx articulated lorry was being driven southbound on the A702 near Easter Howgate when the accident took place shortly before 7pm on Thursday November 24.

The road was closed in both directions for seven hours to allow the recovery of the vehicle. Traffic was diverted through Penicuik until the road reopened at 2am.

Scottish Power engineers were called to check power lines, which were overhead when the lorry came to rest against a tree near an electricity pole. One customer was taken off the supply between 10.45pm and 12.30am while safety checks were carried out.

Bear Scotland staff were also deployed to clean up the diesel spillage.

Local roads policing Inspector Andy Amour said the lorry rolled onto its offside when it came to a left-hand bend. The driver, a 60-year-old man from the Newcastle area, managed to get out of the vehicle and was treated for minor injuries by ambulance staff.

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