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Two men badly injured in crash on the A74M

All lanes restricted Southbound have now been cleared Credit: Solway Press Services

Police have been dealing with a serious road traffic accident which closed the southbound lane of the A74M Glasgow.

Two men were freed from their car near Kirtlebridge about three miles south of Ecclefechan, midway between Lockerbieand Gretna.

Emergency services were called to the accident on the southbound carriageway around 4.30pm, Wednesday 26 July. All lanes restricted Southbound have now been cleared.

One man was taken by ambulance to hospital and the other man was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. The car, which is believed to have been involved in an accident with a lorry, came off the motorway and ended up the embankment.

A full accident investigation is being carried into the incident and Police Scotland are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.


Road closure at New Galloway on the A712

The A712 road into New Galloway has been closed and diversions set up Credit: ITV Border

A tractor and trailer loaded with slurry hit Ken Bridge at New Galloway this morning causing traffic problems and damaging part of the bridge.

The A712 road into New Galloway has been closed and diversions set up.

Police Scotland officers and Dumfries and Galloway Roads officials have been involved at the bridge where the north parapet has been damaged by the accident.

A police spokesman said that further investigations will be taking place at the bridge.

Credit: ITV Border
Credit: ITV Border

Motorists in D&G warned to be alert of 'vulnerable road users'

Police say more children will be using roads during the schools' summer holidays Credit: PA

Dumfries and Galloway are reminding motorists to remain aware of the increased amount of "vulnerable road users" over the summer.

Due to the start of school holidays, police say roads around the region may get busier with more people, especially children, opting to walk, cycle or even horseback during the summer.

I ask that drivers be mindful of how busy the roads network can be at this time of year with children off school on holiday and out and about on our roads, whether in town or in the countryside. The roads in the region are there to be shared by all motorists, including older, learner and inexperienced drivers, as well as other vulnerable groups such as pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. We all have a duty to help each other stay safe. Parents and those who care for children and young people should have the relevant conversation with them about road safety in general. Reducing the number of casualties on our roads is a priority for Police Scotland, however we all need to work together to help achieve this goal.

– Police Scotland Roads Policing Inspector Campbell Moffat

Former Dumfries factory is a 'dangerous playground'

Police are patrolling the site day and night. Credit: Google Street View

Police Scotland has reported children are still sneaking into the derelict site of the former Interfloor building in Dumfries, calling it a dangerous playground.

Security has been increased at the site after a meeting of the Local Resilience Partnership (LRP) multi-agency group.

Police and and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Safety team will be patrolling the area both day and night.

The site at Interfloor has been fenced off for very good reasons and is clearly a dangerous place to go into. I would urge parents to ensure that they highlight this to any children who might think of venturing into the area.

– Inspector Gordon McKnight
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