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Five injured in Dumfries crash

The two cars were badly damaged Credit: Drew Geddes

Five people were injured last night (9th July) after two cars were involved in a head on collision on the A711 Dalbeattie to Dumfries road.

The cars crashed in the Long Wood areas, about three miles west of Dumfries.

One person was left with serious injuries and was air lifted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The badly damaged cars Credit: Drew Geddes

The other four people were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, and the road remained closed for several hours.

Police Scotland are appealing for any witnesses with information to contact them on 101.

The air ambulance leaving the scene Credit: Drew Geddes


Family pay tribute to teenage crash victim

Robin Hewitt Credit: Hewitt family

The family of a teenager who died in a crash in Penrith on Thursday (7th March) have paid tribute to a ‘much loved’ man who was a ‘devoted dad’.

19-year-old Robin Hewitt, from Milner Mount in Penrith, died in the accident near Eamont Bridge.

He was a passenger in a BMW car which hit a tree by the side of the B5320.

The 23-year-old driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A spokesperson from Robin's family said:

"Robin was a much loved son and brother and was a devoted father to Leon.

“He will be very sadly missed by his parents Susan and Phillip, his brothers, Robert and Ross, and all the extended family members.”


One dead in Lochmaben crash

A man has died in a crash on the A709 between Lochmaben and Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 23-year-old was driving a white Honda CRX when the incident happened at around 10.15pm last night (30th January).

The driver died at the scene and a 21-year-old male passenger was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after sustaining serious injuries.

His condition is described as serious but stable.

Both men are thought to be local.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or seen the car before the accident is asked to contact police on 0845 600 5701.

Motorists urged to exercise caution in wintry weather

The northbound stretch of the motorway between J37 and J38 was shut at around 9.40pm to allow vehicles to be recovered and for accident investigators to carry out investigations.

A spokesman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said:

Nobody was trapped in their vehicles, so fire crews assisted the ambulance service with casualty care and first aid."

– Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

The road is now re-opened but police are urging motorists to take extra care while a weather warning remains in place until 11am Sunday due to predictions of wintry showers and ice.

Married couple killed in Borders crash named

Two people who were killed in a road accident in the Scottish Borders have been named.

53-year-old Derek Peoples and his 51-year-old wife Avril Peoples, both from Kelso, died on Sunday 23rd December.

The couple were travelling in their silver Kia Cee'd on the A697 when it collided with a red Hyundai at around 2.45pm.

The incident happened around one mile south of the junction with the A68 at Carfraemill.

Mrs Peoples was treated at the scene, but died as a result of her injuries.

Mr Peoples was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment, where he later died.

Two people who were in the Hyundai suffered minor injuries and were also taken to hospital.

Lothian and Borders Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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