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A74 motorway re-opens after car fire

A stretch of the southbound A74 motorway in Dumfries and Galloway has been re-opened, after a car fire.

All lanes were restricted between junctions 17 (Lockerbie north) and 18 (Lockerbie south) at around 10:15am.

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Delays on A74 in Dumfries and Galloway

There are possible delays on the A74 north of Junction 20, after an HGV reportedly hit the central reservation.

All lanes are restricted in both directions between Junction 19 Ecclefechan and Junction 20 Eaglesfield.

The incident was reported at 3:12pm and there is not yet an estimated time by which the delays will be finished.

Woman dies in A74 crash

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

A 48-year-old woman has died after a crash on a slip road off the A74, near Gretna.

Police say at around 7pm, on Sunday 2 August, the driver, who has not been named, appeared to lose control of her Volkswagen Touran.

The car went down the embankment at the slip road of the A74 at Junction 22, Gretna.

The woman died at the scene, and four other people in the car were injured:

  • 12-year-old boy was seriously injured and is being treated at hospital in Newcastle
  • 70-year-old woman was seriously injured and is being treated at hospital in Newcastle
  • 43-year-old woman was injured
  • 21-year-old woman was injured

The police say the woman's family have still not all been made aware of her death.

The slip road was closed while investigations took place, but has now re-opened.

I am appealing to any motorists who may have seen the silver-coloured Volkswagen Touran on the A74 prior to it exiting on to the slip road and perhaps noticed anything or who may have seen directly what happened. Please contact 101 with any information."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, from Road Policing

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