A MOTORIST had a lucky escape on Saturday afternoon after their car struck Coldstream Bridge.
Their Renault Megane left the road and collided with the parapet of the bridge as they crossed, travelling southwards, at around 2.30pm.
The collision dislodged a large section of the parapet of the bridge, which fell into the high, and very fast flowing, River Tweed below.
Thankfully nobody was seriously injured in the collision.
The parapet, which is about 1m high, suffered extensive damage in the crash. Only the very bottom layer of bricks remained, which may have contributed to the car not leaving the bridge entirely.
Astonishingly, it was the second accident of this kind at the same site this weekend.
Earlier on Saturday another vehicle had collided with the wall, leaving skid marks on the road. This crash caused some minor damage to the wall.
Each accident only involved a single vehicle.
Police have confirmed they were investigating whether road conditions could have played a part in the crash.
Coldstream’s PC Nick Walker for Lothian and Borders Police said: “We believe the road surface was a contributory factor in both these accidents.
“At the moment we do not know whether the accidents were due to ice or something else on the surface.”
He also confirmed that the afternoon accident was logged south of the river, and was thus being dealt with by Northumbrian Police.
Council assistance has been requested At the time of the afternoon accident a thick mist was lying over the River Tweed, but temperatures were above freezing.
Bollards have been set up along the eastern side of the bridge to warn drivers of the accident site and prevent any worsening of the damage.
However, the bridge was passed as structurally sound in the aftermath of the crashes, and traffic can safely cross in both directions.