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Appeal for witnesses - A76 fatal road crash

Police Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway are still appealing for witnesses to the fatal road crash which happened at around 8.40am on the A76 road, south of Mennock yesterday.

The crash involved a silver coloured Vauxhall Corsa car which was in collision with a Scottish Ambulance Service ambulance.

The driver of the car, 24 year old Zoe Clark from nearby Carronbridge was killed in the crash. The four occupants of the ambulance were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with a variety of injuries.

“While the crash scene investigation had now taken place, we are still keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or who was on that particular stretch of roadway at that time. They can contact police through the non emergency 101 number.”

– Sergeant Doug Millar of the Roads Policing Unit

Paramedic from A76 crash in Dumfries has broken neck

A paramedic who was involved in an ambulance crash is in hospital with a broken neck and serious head injuries. The crash happened on the A76 in Dumfries & Galloway yesterday.

A 24-year-old woman, Zoe Clark, died in the crash - the ambulance was transferring a female patient to hospital following an earlier accident on the same stretch of road.

The 58-year-old male paramedic was working in the back of the ambulance at the time.

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Spate of accidents across southern Scotland

There have been a number of accidents in the south of Scotland today. Credit: ITV Border

There have been a number of road accidents in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders today, with one fatality:

  • 00:30 - two vehicle collision near Junction 15 on the M74. One woman was injured
  • 06:30 - one vehicle collision near Kirkpatrick Fleming on the M74. No injuries
  • 07:40 - one vehicle collision two miles south of Junction 15 on the M74. No injuries
  • 07:50 - one vehicle collision on the A76 near Mennock. Car flipped over and injured woman taken into ambulance
  • 08:40 - two vehicle collision on the A76 involving the ambulance transporting the woman involved in the 07:50 crash. 24-year-old Zoe Clark, driving a Vauxhall Corsa, died. Two ambulance staff and two patients in the ambulance taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with further injuries
  • 09:20 - one vehicle collision on the A712, north of New Galloway. No injuries
  • Shortly before 09:00 - three vehicle collision including school bus, outside Borders College and Heriot Watt University campus in Galashiels. Two people hospitalised, but not thought to be injured

Police Scotland have warned drivers to take care in the cold conditions.

Woman in fatal accident on the A76 named

The woman killed in the two vehicle road crash on the A76 this morning has been named.

24-year-old Zoe Clark from Carronbridge, Thornhill was the driver of a Vauxhall Corsa car which was in collision with a Scottish Ambulance Service ambulance at around 8.40am.

The two ambulance crew and two other people who were in the ambulance were all taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. The driver of the ambulance and the two people were treated for minor injuries and the second ambulance crew member was treated for a head injury.

One of the two people in the rear of the ambulance, a female, had earlier been involved in a road crash further north on the A76. She was being transported to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, accompanied by her husband, when the second crash happened.

The road is still closed to allow for a full crash investigation to take place.

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Scottish Ambulance Service issue statement following fatal collision

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman has issued a statement following a fatal collision which happened this morning on the A76, about five miles south of Mennock, Sanquhar.

A woman died after a collision involving two vehicles, a car and a Scottish Ambulance Service ambulance.

Two crew members in the ambulance were injured. And a man and woman, who were in the ambulance being treated after an earlier crash, received further injuries.

“At approximately 8.40am an ambulance was involved in a collision with another car on the A76 near Mennock while transferring two patients to hospital in Dumfries. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the driver of the car, who tragically died. One member of the ambulance crew was been airlifted to hospital with potentially serious injuries. The other crew member and the patients were also taken to hospital by ambulance but are not seriously injured.”

– Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman

Woman dead in collision involving ambulance

Ambulance staff are being treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

A woman has died after a collision involving an ambulance in Dumfries and Galloway.

It happened at around 8.40am and involved two vehicles, a car and a Scottish Ambulance Service ambulance.

Two crew members in the ambulance were injured. And a man and woman, who were in the ambulance being treated after an earlier crash, received further injuries.

They are all being treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Police and other emergency services are currently dealing with the crash, which happened on the A76, about five miles south of Mennock, Sanquhar.

Air ambulances grounded amid safety concerns

Air Ambulances covering Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and South Cumbria have been temporarily grounded amid concerns over safety.

The North West Air Ambulance and the Scottish Ambulance Service have suspended the use of their EC-135 helicopters- the same model as crashed in Glasgow earlier this month.

The Great North Air Ambulance, which uses a different model is continuing to operate.

Contingency measures are in place on both sides of the border to ensure that a rapid response service for medical emergencies is still available.

Ambulance depot plans

The ambulance station in Galashiels which it is hoped will be a new £1.8m health centre. Credit: Borders Press Agency

Planners are recommending refusal of an application to build a new ambulance station at Borders General Hospital.The Scottish Ambulance Service want to close down their Galashiels depot whcih is described as not fit for purpose and construct a new depot at the hospital to serve the central Borders.

A new £1.8 million health centre for Galashiels at the former ambulance depot in Roxburgh Street hinge on the plans getting the green light.

The application for the new build station at Borders General Hospital is due to be discussed at a meeting of Scottish Borders Council's planning and development committee on Monday (5th November).

Planning officials are recommending refusal of the application following submissions from the council's landscape and roads departments.