Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

‘There was a huge bang’: Queensferry Crossing motorist’s horror as huge chunk of ice falls on van

Motorists have been telling of their fears as huge chunks of ice hit their vehicles while they crossed the bridge on Monday.

The Queensferry Crossing was shut in both directions due to falling ice on Monday evening after eight cars were left damaged. It came as much of Scotland was hit by freezing weather and heavy snow.

The bridge remains closed until Wednesday afternoon amid weather warnings for ice and snow.

The Queensferry Crossing empty after being closed.

Martin Aitchison, 51, said he had a fright when a piece of ice fell on his work van, damaging his windscreen.

The joiner was heading home to South Queensferry from a job in Fife at 4.35pm, and was underneath the north stanchion of the bridge.

He said: “There was a huge bang and the windscreen has blown.

“I drove on another 200 to 300 yards and stopped just behind an Amey truck. The guy who was there started pointing up at the bridge.”

After stopping, Mr Aitchison went to the Amey office at the Forth Bridge and saw another two vehicles on trucks and another motorist driving behind.

He said: “There were four drivers in there in the space of about 30 minutes.

“To be fair, the Amey guys were pretty good. The first thing they asked was whether I needed towed.”

Gas engineer still not in Fife three hours after leaving Edinburgh in car for Kirkcaldy

Stuart Prentice, 40, saw another driver have a narrow escape as a foot-long chunk of ice just missed his car.

The Methil man was one of the last to cross the bridge southbound before it was closed when he saw the incident involving the car in front of him.

“I could see a few blocks of ice falling and one of them landed just behind the car in front of me,” he said. “There were three or four chunks in one go and I could see other bits at the side of the road that had clearly smashed.

“We were already on the bridge so we had no choice but to carry on.”

Teacher JP Ward’s car was hit by falling snow and ice as he drove through blizzards from Dalgety Bay.

He told the BBC: “I saw big white blocks falling from the bridge, thinking it was snow.

“The blocks were ranging from the size of small coffee tables to footballs, but they were as thick as phone books.”

Mr Ward’s car roof was hit by what he described as an ice block that sounded like a loud thundering bang.

“In my view, the bridge should have been closed hours earlier and I am glad to be in one piece,” he said.

LIVE UPDATES: Transport secretary says Forth Road Bridge could be reopened as Queensferry Crossing closure continues

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]