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One dead and one seriously injured after Borders crash

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic collision in which a car lost control on a bend before flipping over and colliding with a fence.

The accident, which took place on the B6350 near Redden Farm at around 4.15pm on Friday, June 17, involved a silver Suzuki Ignis.

A 47-year-old woman, who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another female passenger was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

The female driver and a further two passengers, a man and a woman, were taken to the Borders General Hospital, however their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

There were no other vehicles involved in this incident.

The road was closed for around six-and-a-half hours to allow a full collision investigation to be carried out.

Police are today urging anyone who saw the vehicle or the collision to come forward immediately.

Sergeant Andy Gibb of the Road Policing Unit based in Dalkeith said: "This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts are today with the family of the woman who sadly passed away.

"Our enquiries into this collision are ongoing as we look to establish the full set of circumstances.

"I would urge anyone who was travelling in the area and who remembers seeing the vehicle prior to the collision to please contact police on 101 if not already done."


Family of 81-year-old killed in crash pay tribute to 'Gramps'

The family of an 81-year-old man who lost his life in a road traffic collision in the Scottish Borders last week have today paid tribute to him.

William Downie from Lamancha was involved in a collision with an HGV on the A701 south of Leadburn at around 12:20pm on Thursday, June 16th.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland his family said: "We are devastated at our loss of a much loved husband, dad, gramps, great-gramps, brother and uncle.

"He will be sorely missed and we are comforted by the messages from the community, who valued his help and friendship over the many years."

Sergeant Gary Taylor of the Road Policing Unit, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of William Downie at this very sad time and we will continue to offer them support as and when they need it.

"Our inquiries into the circumstances that led up to this collision are ongoing and I ask anyone with relevant information to contact police on 101 if not already done so."

Man airlifted after A711 motorbike and tractor crash

A motorcyclist was rushed to hospital on Wednesday evening after his Suzuki GSX650 motorcycle was involved in a collision with a tractor and trailer.

The accident happened around 5.50pm on the A711 Dumfries - Dalbeattie road near Beeswing village, about six miles west of Dumfries.

The 55-year-old motorcyclist, from Elgin, was flown to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with internal injuries and a fractured arm. The 29-year-old man driving the tractor wasn't injured.

The road was completely closed as emergency services worked at the scene and the air ambulance was brought in with staff helping the personnel and police.

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses who were on the road at this time or who saw either vehicle before the collision.

Police carried out an investigation into the accident but only the motor cyclist was injured. The driver of the tractor and trailer which was loaded with silage suffered only shock.

The ambulance carrying the motor cyclist was given a police escorted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but no details have been given of his condition.

Serious road collision at St Bees

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Police were called to a serious road collision at St Bees this morning.

The crash happened on the B5345 (St Bees Road) and the road was closed from the Sandwith junction to the Wilson Pit Road junction for around three hours.

The road has now re-opened.


Appeal for witnesses following major M6 crash

Scene of the M6 crash Credit: ITV News

Police investigating a serious crash on the M6 that caused major traffic disruption earlier this week are appealing for witnesses.

The collision happened shortly after 6am on Monday when a milk tanker collided with a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 35 and 34 near Carnforth. The milk tanker jack-knifed and collided with the central reservation causing debris to fall on to the northbound carriageway which then collided with a BMW saloon car causing minor damage. The tanker leaked fuel and milk out onto the carriageway and the articulated lorry shed its load of wooden floor panels.

The driver of the milk tanker, a 56 year old man, suffered serious injuries to his neck, spine, pelvis and legs and was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. The driver of the articulated lorry, a 50 year old man, suffered whiplash and cuts and bruises to his face and body.

“This was a serious collision which left one man with serious injuries and he faces a long road to recovery. Although the motorway has been reopened our investigation to establish exactly how this major collision occurred is still on-going.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed what happened or has any information that could assist with our investigation and has not yet spoken to us to get in touch as soon as possible.”

– PS Tracey Ward, Lancashire Police

Although the crash happened in Lancashire it caused major delays and disruption on the M6 in Cumbria.

The southbound carriageway was closed for 21 hours for a full examination of the scene, recovery of the vehicles and the clean-up operation, which included resurfacing work. It reopened at 3am on Tuesday 8 March.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 181 of 7 March.

Major traffic disruption as M6 closed following serious collisions

Crash scene on the M6 Credit: ITV News

Two serious crashes have completely closed the southbound carriageway of the M6 in south Cumbria and Lancashire leading to major traffic disruption.

The motorway is shut between junction 36 at Kirkby Lonsdale and junction 34 at Lancaster following the collisions this morning.

Police say the motorway is likely to be closed for most of the day.

The first incident occurred at around 4am and led to 300 litres of diesel leaking onto the road surface at junction 34 when a lorry struck the central reservation, rupturing its fuel tank. The lorry has been removed from the scene but the road requires resurfacing due to the diesel leak.

The second collision happened just after 6am, close to junction 35 at Carnforth, and involved three lorries. This incident also led to a large diesel spillage and the road will need to be resurfaced once the police investigation has been completed.

As well as the southbound carriageway being completely shut, the northbound carriageway is down to just one lane.

Crash scene on the M6 Credit: ITV News

Motorists are advised to leave the M6 at junction 40 and travel southbound via the A66 and A1.

A diversion has also been set where drivers are asked to leave the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 and A683 before re-joining the M6 at junction 34.

“These two incidents have led to large amounts of diesel being spilled onto the southbound carriageway so we need to clean this up and resurface the road before we can safely reopen the motorway.

“We’re got a diversion in place between junctions 36 and 34, but there are currently long delays so we’re advising drivers to avoid the area if at all possible.”

– Chris Chadwick, Emergency Planning Officer at Highways England
Crash scene on the M6 Credit: ITV News
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