Two critical after weekend road accident horror

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By Rory Reynolds

TWO young men were fighting for their lives last night after two separate road incidents over the weekend.

A man in his early 20s was rushed to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with severe head injuries in the early hours of this morning after falling off the rickshaw he was a passenger in.

The man fell from the pedicab near to the Sheraton Hotel on the city’s Lothian Road at around 2.20am.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said he had suffered “severe head injuries”, with a police spokesman adding that he is in a serious condition.

While a 16-year-old passenger was taken to hospital after the car he was travelling in ploughed into a wall in the Greendykes area of Edinburgh.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue had to cut the teen, who was unconscious, from the vehicle, before paramedics could rush him to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

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He was later transferred to the city’s Western General Hospital, which has a specialist neurology facility, to be treated for severe head injuries.

An ambulance spokeswoman added: “The patient was unconscious when he was released by the fire service, which took some time, and was taken for the ERI by ambulance.

“He was later transferred to the Western General where he was in a serious condition.”

Lothian and Borders Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed either incident or who has any information to contact police.

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