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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.

M6 Southbound closed after serious accident

There has been a serious accident on the M6. Credit: ITV Border

The M6 Southbound has been closed south of Junction 42 at the Golden Fleece near the Low Hurst Railway Bridge, after a collision affecting all three lanes.

A lorry overturned and crossed the central reservation barrier into the Southbound carriageway.

Police were called to the scene at 3:21pm, and emergency services remain there.

The road has been closed from J42 on the southbound carriageway to J41 and is expected to be so for several hours.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

There is major traffic congestion as far back as J43.

Diversions are in place via the A6 to Penrith. The M6 Northbound is open, but with only two lanes available (lane three closed).

Highways England says once the vehicle has been recovered, a full inspection of the central reservation safety barrier and road surface will take place.

It is likely that the southbound carriageway and lane three on the northbound carriageway will need to remain fully closed until repairs are complete.

ScotRail guards to go on strike

ScotRail guards have voted to go on strike. Credit: PA

ScotRail guards have voted to go on strike in a dispute over driver-only trains.

The Rail Maritime and Transport Union says more than 75 percent of its members taking part in the ballot were in favour of a walkout.

The result will now be considered by the union's executive.

ScotRail runs trains between Cumbria and Glasgow via Dumfries and Galloway, and between Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.


Keswick A66 resurfacing to begin

Roadworks. Credit: PA

Work to resurface the A66 near Keswick will get underway next week.

The £668,000 project will see the road resurfaced, refreshed road markings, new reflective road studs and some new fencing and cattle crossing signals.

Work will begin next Monday (13 June) on a section of the route between Threlkeld and Scales.

Further work between Scales and Mungrisedale will then take place between 27 June and 20 July.

Most of the work will be done between 8pm and 6am each night using temporary traffic lights, a 40mph speed limit and occasional convoy arrangements with drivers being led past the road works at 10mph by a contractor’s vehicle.

Some side roads will also be closed overnight but these will be signed locally, and some daytime working will take place between Scales and Mungrisedale.

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