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Five hospitalised as two-vehicle collision shuts down Edinburgh’s nightlife

Establishments closed due to the incident include Subway, Sneaky Petes and Three Sisters


A two-vehicle crash involving a car and a taxi led to a Cowgate shutdown last night, where a man was arrested, and ambulances were seen escorting people to the hospital.

The crash, occurring at around 18:05 last night, left five pedestrians in hospital, including two children aged eleven and seven, as well as three adults, reports the BBC.

Two children, a woman aged 42 and a man aged 54, were later released from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Another woman, aged 50, remains in hospital in a stable condition.

An eyewitness told The Tab Edinburgh: “Around five emergency vehicles were spotted outside of Three Sisters, with the surrounding roads cordoned off to pedestrians and vehicles.”

The restricted area included the Virgin Hotel, at which the University of Edinburgh’s sports ball was scheduled to take place. Police officers allowed attendants to pass through and enter the venue.

However, other venues such as Subway, Legends, Sneaky Pete’s and Three Sisters remained closed off for the rest of the evening.

In response to the incident, both Legends and Subway took to social media to express their condolences to those involved in the incident, with Legends posting to Instagram that they would not be open ‘due to an ongoing incident’. Subway also took to Instagram saying that ‘Due to unforeseen circumstances, the club will be closed this evening’.

Sneaky Pete’s also took to social media, saying: “Tonight’s gig and club have been cancelled due to an incident on the Cowgate.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called around 6.55 pm to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Cowgate, Edinburgh.

“Emergency services are in attendance, and the road is currently closed. One man, the driver, has been arrested in connection, and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

As of this morning, the area seems to be accessible, with buses no longer being diverted.

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