Crash on M74

Police Scotland staff are dealing with a potentially serious accident on the Northbound Carriageway of the M74.

Traffic chaos in soaring temperatures

Hundreds of motorists sweated in the huge traffic jam and many sat out on the barriers and bankings as temperatures soared to 80 degrees

There was just one almight bang and I knew there had been a crash. There was no sound of brakes or tyres screetching at all.

– Witness

Police, ambulance staff, doctors and firefighters worked at the scene for more than two hours.

Police appeal for witnesses

Three people were badly hurt after a Range Rover crashed into the concrete upright of a motorway bridge. The three, a man and two women, had to be freed from the wreckage of the vehicle four miles south of Beattock on the northbound carriageway of the A74M.

Firefighters worked at the scene for more than 90 minutes to free the trapped who were said to be badly hurt. Police are still treating the accident as a potential fatal after two air ambulances were sent to the motorway at Junction 15 north of Johnstonebridge.

Police closed both carriageways for two hours and thousands of vehicles were queued back up to six miles. Police set up diversions and later opened one lane on each side of the motorway to let traffic off before closing the northbound lane again for a major accident investigation.

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Accident possibly fatal

Two casualties have been airlifted to the Southern General Hospital, with a further casualty taken by ambulance to the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The Northbound carraigeway is closed and will remain so for a considerable period while investigations are carried out. The Southbound carriageway has one lane now re-opened.