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Four injured on Scottish Borders roads

Three people have been left seriously injured and one other is in a stable condition in hospital following three separate road collisions in the Scottish Borders.

All of the crashes happened in different locations on Friday 28th June.

The seriously injured are a 90-year-old woman, a 21-year old man and a 45-year-old man.

Sergeant Brian Jones, from J Division (Lothians and Scottish Borders) Road Policing Unit, Police Scotland, said:

While we cannot say that these collisions came as a direct result of the road conditions, there was a steady drizzle in the Scottish Borders yesterday morning, and police dealt with a number of other, less serious collisions that occurred as a result of drivers traveling too fast on wet roads.

Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe, and we would appeal to motorists to always take account of road and weather conditions when driving, especially in rural areas where there is a greater chance of a collision occurring.

A momentary lapse in concentration can have a devastating impact, and it is vital that drivers take care and adapt their driving to suit the conditions.

– Sergeant Brian Jones, Police Scotland

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Selkirk women recovering after Manchester smash

Jacqueline Reid and Ruth McCartney, both from Selkirk, had to be cut free from the wreckage after a taxi and a tram crashed in Manchester. They were taken to hospital where Miss McCartney was found to have broken both collar bones and Miss Reid had suffered cuts and bruises.

The women, along with partners Neil Purves and Ryan Christie, were in Manchester for the Grillstock Festival. Both are now recovering and are expected to be released on Monday 10th June.

Man charged after couple killed in Borders crash

A 48-year-old man has been charged with alleged driving offences after a couple died in a road crash in the Scottish Borders.

53-year-old Derek Peoples and his wife Avril Peoples, 51, from Kelso, both died in the collision which took place on the Greenlaw to Cafraemill road on 23rd December 2012.

The man will appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court at a later date.

Young rugby player making recovery after crash

Steven Higgins with his sister
Steven Higgins is making a recovery after the crash

The family of a young rugby player who was left in a coma after a crash say he's making a slow but steady recovery.

23 year old Steven Higgins spent several weeks in intensive care following the accident on the A66 at Penruddock – five miles west of Rheged on Valentines Day.

Around £2,000 has been raised in a charity rugby match in Carlisle which will go towards a fund to help him continue to improve after he leaves hospital and for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Mr Higgins is still being treated at James Cook University Hospital where he was airlifted in February.

But his family say they hope he will be transfered to a specialist ward at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle sometime this week.

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Pensioner named after fatal crash near Wigton

Police have named the 88 year old driver who died in an accident on the the A596 at Wigton yesterday morning.He was George ATKINSON, 88 years from Thursby.The accident happend at 10:45 yesterday morning.

Mr Atkinson's silver Ford Fiesta was in collision with a lorry at the junction of Station Road.Mr Atkinson was taken to the RVI at Newcastle by air ambulance but died shortly after arrival.The driver of the HGV, a man in his 60s from the Silloth area, was uninjured.

The road was closed for 5 hours whilst collision investigation work and the recovery of the vehicles involved was undertaken. Officers from Cumbria Constabulary Roads Policing Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing for witnesses.

Full report: Car crash victim appeals for young motorists to slow down

A man who suffered horrific injuries in a car crash is urging young drivers to take more care and slow down.

Alan Drinkwater who lives near Whitehaven has been unable to return to work since the accident in 2011.

He's critical of the fact that the driver of the other car has only been banned from driving for a month.

Correspondent Tim Backshall reports:

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