A CYCLIST has been taken to hospital after colliding with a vehicle between Haddington and Aberlady yesterday evening (Tuesday).

The accident happened between Haddington and Aberlady on the A6137 road between Blackmains Toll and West Garleton just before 5.30pm.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Officers were called around 5.25pm on Tuesday, November 19, to a serious road crash involving a car and a cyclist on the A6137 Haddington to Aberlady road.

"The 26-year-old female cyclist was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with serious injuries and remains there in a stable condition. The 70-year-old female driver was uninjured.

"The road has since reopened, but was closed at the time of the incident for four hours. Enquiries are ongoing.

"The driver of a lorry travelling in the opposite direction may have seen the relevant car and bicycle immediately prior to the crash and that person is asked to come forward.

"Anyone else with information who has not already spoken to us is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2746 of November 19."

The Scottish Ambulance Service dispatched a paramedic response unit and an ambulance, with the driver checked over at the scene and the cyclist transported to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

One man has praised a local coastguard worker for his help in dealing with the incident.

Paul Hurd, 75, from Gifford, was driving back from Longniddry at the time and witnessed the accident, which he says was on the Haddington side of the road.

He said: “I just want to say thanks to the young chap who said he was a first aider with the local coastguard team.

“He stepped in and got it all sorted. He had time for the cyclist and the lady driver. He was so calm and professional and made all the difference. Someone should thank him for what he did.

“I just hope the cyclist is alright.”