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A 68-year-old woman was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with serious injuries after a collision with a double-decker East Coast bus on Melville Crescent at the roundabout, near the Robert Dundas statue around 7pm on Friday.

 Traffic diversions were put in place in the area until around 10.30pm as officers tried to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Sergeant Kos Papakyriakou of Edinburgh’s Road Policing Unit said: “The woman is currently described as being in a critical condition and we continue to work to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision.

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“As part of this, we’d ask anyone who witnessed this or who has any information which may be relevant to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 3653 of March 9.