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A 19-year-old female pedestrian was taken to hospital after being hit by a white Vauxhall van on Howden Hall Road in the south of the city at around 7.50am yesterday.

The road was closed in both directions for around four hours to allow crash investigations to take place and police have described the incident as “serious”.

A police spokeswoman said: “The collision involved a white Vauxhall van and a 19-year-old female pedestrian, who has been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

“Road closures remain in place from Alnwickhall Road to Burdiehouse Road and the public are advised to seek alternative routes.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to officers is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101.”