Man Dies After Falling Unwell On Queensferry Crossing Construction Site

6 February 2017, 14:05 | Updated: 6 February 2017, 15:32

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A man has died after taking ill on the new Queensferry Crossing.

Emergency services were called to the construction site at about 9am on Monday after reports that a 57-year-old man had become unwell.

He was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife, where he later died, police said.

It is understood the man worked for the £1.35 billion construction project and was walking to work when he fell ill.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: "Emergency services attended the site this morning after a colleague had taken ill.

"The incident is understood to be unconnected to work activities and further details are not available at this time.''

Police are investigating the incident and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Around 1,300 workers are employed on the 1.7-mile Queensferry Crossing, which is replacing the Forth Road Bridge across the Forth between the Lothians and Fife.

A Transport Scotland spokesman added: "Unfortunately, one of our colleagues suddenly took ill this morning just prior to starting his morning shift.

"Co-workers immediately provided first aid prior to the prompt arrival of the emergency services.

"With great sadness, we have learned that the person in question has died.

"On behalf of everyone connected to the project, we extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this tragic time.''