Shocking images show aftermath of fire that brought Edinburgh Bypass to a standstill for hours

New pictures show the devastation wrought by a trailer fire on a major Scots ring road today.

Fire crews were called to the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass around Calder at 10.40am after the Re-Gen trailer, believed to be carrying recyclable waste, burst into flames mid-transit.

The driver was able to pull the blazing container to the side of the road and disconnect his vehicle before driving to safety.

Police have confirmed that nobody has been injured as a result of the incident.

But traffic around the area has been brought to a standstill, as the trailer has partially blocked an off-ramp that would let motorists off the carriageway.



The blaze brought traffic to a standstill

Drivers are still being urged to seek an alternative route where possible amid reports they are facing delays of over an hour and a half before being able to move.

And police are urging locals in the Wester Hailes and Sighthill areas of the capital to keep their windows closed.

Images captured by Daily Record snappers show fire crews assessing and dampening down the scene – dwarfed by long lines of traffic in both directions.

The westbound carriageway remains closed two hours on from the incident, while one lane of the eastbound road has been opened to traffic.

Traffic Scotland told drivers via Twitter: “# A720 West – Calder (delays of 95 minutes!).

“East – Lane 1 of 2 has REOPENED (delays of 25 minutes).

“The west bound carriageway remains closed on the bypass. Avoid as there are lengthy delays in place!”



The A720 is now at a standstill westbound
The A720 is now at a standstill westbound

And cops from Police Scotland’s Edinburgh Division added: “The A720, Edinburgh City Bypass eastbound has now reopened but will remain closed westbound for some time.

“Drivers are urged to use alternative routes.”

Eastbound traffic is extending as far back as the previous junction at Newbridge, while westbound motorists are reportedly stuck at Straiton five miles to the east of the blaze.



Police closed the road in both directions following the blaze
Police closed the road in both directions following the blaze

Traffic data from Google suggests that many local roads are bearing the brunt of the diversions as drivers struggle to avoid the bypass.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service says three fire engines and a specialist appliance remain on the scene more than two hours after the inferno began.

A spokesperson added that a local farmer had arrived on the scene with a JCB digger to assist with moving the trailer out of the way.



Emergency workers wore breathing appliances as they tackled the fire
Emergency workers wore breathing appliances as they tackled the fire

They said: “We’m still in attendance at a vehicle fire on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass at Calder with three appliances and a specialist appliance.

“Two high pressure hose reel jets were used to extinguish the fire and a farmer is in attendance assisting the service with the vehicle.”

A spokesperson for Re-Gen Waste said: “Re-Gen Waste can confirm it is aware of the fire on the A720 outside Edinburgh involving a subcontractor’s lorry and a Re-Gen trailer.

“We can confirm that the driver is safe and well. We will be working with our customer to investigate the cause of the fire.”

Meanwhile, police are also investigating an incident at Westside Plaza in Wester Hailes just a few miles away.

Officers say a man was hit by a car and has been taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries.

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