A BIN lorry driver in Edinburgh suffered a suspected heart attack while out on the road.

The accident came just days after the anniversary of the Glasgow tragedy which killed six people in December last year.

It happened on Boxing Day on the A720 Edinburgh City bypass near the Lothianburn junction, around 12.45pm.

The driver, believed to be in his 50s, is understood to have fallen ill and swerved into a central reservation barrier on the main road.

Nobody else was injured and the man is being treated at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Edinburgh city council said it is "co-operating fully" with the police, who are investigating the accident.

A spokeswoman said: "A Council refuse driver is currently being treated at the Edinburgh Royal infirmary following a collision on the city bypass.

"We will be co-operating fully with the police in their investigation.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland is carrying out investigations into a road traffic collision which happened on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass at the Lothianburn Junction at around 12.45 pm on Saturday 26 December.

“At that time a refuse lorry collided with the central barrier on the roadway.

"No other vehicle was involved in this collision."