Storm Battering Scotland Shuts Railroads, Kills Truck DriverRodney Jefferson
Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour and heavy rain battered Scotland, killing a truck driver and causing the suspension of all rail services.
The driver died after his truck was blown on top of two cars west of Edinburgh at 8:10 a.m. local time, the BBC reported. Fallen trees blocked roads and rail lines and Police Scotland urged all high-sided vehicles to avoid traveling or to pull over until the storm subsides.
ScotRail said all trains were making their way to the nearest station to allow passengers to disembark safely, according to the company’s Twitter feed. It wasn’t safe to run trains because of debris including trampolines, garden furniture and hay bales, STV television reported. Glasgow Central station was shut earlier because of damage to its glass roof.
The main M74 highway connecting with England was affected near Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, because of an overturned truck, the BBC reported. Edinburgh Castle was closed to visitors, while school children were sent home in the Stirling area and the Highlands, according to municipality Twitter feeds.
A North Sea oil rig operated by Talisman Sinopec Energy U.K. was evacuated as a precaution yesterday, the Scotsman newspaper said. The Scottish government in Edinburgh issued a severe weather warning yesterday.