A1 crash: Eyewitness tells of moment her husband pulled a man from truck transporting pigs

An eyewitness has spoken out about the moment her husband had to pull a man out of a truck transporting pigs, after a horror crash on the A1 in East Lothian this morning. The woman – who wishes to remain anonymous – told Edinburgh Live she was working nearby when she witnessed the lorry – which is believed to be a Campbell of Oxton live stock transporter – collide with a tractor and and other vehicles. The serious smash up occurred at around 10.30am this morning near Dunglass, and emergency services raced to the scene where an air ambulance was called to casualties.

The shaken up witness told how pigs ‘screamed in agony’ after the truck transporting the livestock ended up on its side and burst into flames.

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The eyewitness said: “We were in the lay-by and there was a tractor and a Campbell of Oxton truck heading southbound away from the direction of Torness. “Then the pig truck overtook the tractor and I don’t know what happened, maybe it was the weight of all the livestock, but the pig truck slid on its side and hit a car with all the animals in it. “The car was then pushed into another truck, parked in the lay-by and then the pig truck whet on fire and the animals were screaming in agony.

“I couldn’t listen to their screams, I’ll never forget that awful sound, they were so distressed.” “Some of the animals were rescued and another truck arrived to pick them up, but sadly many of them were badly injured and had to be put down by the emergency services to stop them suffering.” The woman’s husband who was also present at the scene of the crash then rushed to try and help the people involved with another truck driver.

“He pulled the truck driver out through the sun roof of the truck,” added the witness. “The truck driver was not in a good way and an air ambulance arrived at the scene. The woman also witnessed another victim being pulled out of his car adding: “It took them two hours to pull the car driver out of the vehicle and he seemed to have a broken leg.” A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 10.30am on Monday, 16 November 2020, officers were called to a report of a three vehicle crash involved a tractor and trailer, an HGV and a car on the A1 near Cockburnspath.

“Three men have been taken by ambulance to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

“The road remains closed and local diversions are in place.”

The road remained closed at 4pm with police advising it’s expected to remain closed for several hours.

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