Emergency services have closed the M8 in both directions after a motorway crash near Edinburgh Airport

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The M8 motorway has been closed in both directions outside Edinburgh after a ‘serious’ accident left a vehicle on central reserve.

The road was closed between the Junction 2 Claylands interchange and the Junction 3 Dechmont interchange near the city airport following the collision on the eastbound carriageway.

The incident happened around 1:15 p.m. Sunday. Emergency services responded and Police Scotland asked drivers to use alternative routes.

Traffic Scotland said traffic queued in both directions after the crash with delays of around 45-50 minutes eastbound and 20-30 minutes westbound.

There are also traffic jams on exit 3 of the junction to the A899 and on the A89.

At 2.25pm ​​the eastbound M8 remained restricted with long queues in both directions. Road Policing Scotland said the motorway was running on the eastbound hard shoulder only due to a “serious” road traffic accident.

At 3 p.m. a spokesman for the force said: ‘We expect to clear the way one shortly. Lane two will remain closed until the vehicle is collected from central reservation.

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