Police have confirmed that two people who died in a crash on the A74(M) near Gretna were both men from the Oldham area.
The two men, aged 21 and 22, were travelling in a car which crashed into a bridge column on the southbound carriageway close to junction 21. It happened at around 6am on Sunday. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and formal identification is yet to take place.
The road was closed at junction 21 to allow for police enquiry and recovery of the vehicle. Local diversions were in place and the road was reopened by police at around 12:30pm.
Police Sergeant Leigh McCulloch from the Dumfries and Galloway Trunk Road Policing Unit, said today:
This was a serious road traffic incident which has resulted in the death of two men.
Specialist officers continue to progress the enquiry to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and I would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact the Road Policing Unit at Lockerbie via the 101 number with any information they may have.
Any witnesses are being asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.
Two people have died in an accident on the A74(M) near Gretna.
Police Scotland has confirmed that the driver and the passenger in the car died at the scene.
They were travelling southbound when their car crashed into a bridge near junction 21 at 6am this morning.
No other car was involved.
The southbound carriageway has been closed for accident investigators to survey the scene.
No further details about the victims have been released.
Police responded to a one vehicle crash on the A74 shortly after 6am.
The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
All lanes running southbound are closed for police inquiries.
Diversions have been put in place.
Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the Police Scotland non-emergency number on 101
Two people have died in a car crash in Dumfries and Galloway.
It happened on the A74(M) near Gretna at around 6am. The road was closed southbound shortly after the incident.
A police spokesperson said:
At around 0600 hours, police and emergency services responded to reports of a one vehicle road traffic crash on the A74, southbound, close to junction 21.
The driver and passenger of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
All lanes of the road running southbound close to junction 21 are currently closed to allow for police enquiry. Diversions are in place.
Police Scotland report that a commemorative tree planted in May this year by HRH Princess Anne at Gretna Green has been cut down sometime overnight Friday 21 August.
The pear tree was planted to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.
Constable Andy Aitken of Police Scotland at Gretna said:
it beggars belief that someone has carried out such a wanton act of vandalism.
We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Green at Gretna Green to get in touch through 101 if they can help."
Police Constable Ewan Fraser says the police are appealing for information form the public.
Police have named the woman who died in an accident on a slip road off the A74.
Lubna Asad, 48, from Mossheight Avenue in Cardonald, Glasgow, died at the scene - the Gretna Services offslip road - on Sunday 2 August.
A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
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."
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