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Diesel spillage after crash closes main road

Diesel spillage on A711 Dumfries to Dalbeattie road Credit: Bob Geddes

A main road in Dumfries and Galloway has been shut after more than 200 gallons of diesel spilled on to the route following a crash.

The A711 Dumfries to Dalbeattie had to be closed when the fuel tank of an articulated lorry was punctured in a crash with a car about three miles from Dalbeattie, near Kirkgunzeon Village. No one was injured in the collision.

Emergency services were alerted as the diesel flooded on to the road.

Firefighters from Dalbeattie attended and roads staff had to be brought in to clear the diesel and prevent pollution to nearby farmland.

Diversions were set up on both sides of the accident scene with traffic diverted at Dalbeattie and Beeswing.

A police spokesman said: "The fuel tank of an HGV has been ruptured in the accident and the road is impassible until the cleanup is completed.

"A clean-up operation is underway."

Car that was in collision with a lorry on the A711 Credit: Bob Geddes

Cyclist killed in collision on Carlisle bypass

Emergency services at the Rockcliffe roundabout

A cyclist has died following a collision on the A689 at the Rockcliffe roundabout in Carlisle.

Officers were called to the incident involving the cyclist and a car between Burgh Road and Kingmoor Road shortly after 10am on 29 March.

Police have identified the man as 71-year-old Michael Seminara from Wetheral.

The road was closed for 5 hours while an investigation was carried out.

His family have issued the following tribute:

Mike was a keen cyclist and had recently completed the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain as well as the UK coast to coast route.

Mike had been out riding with friends on a regular outing.

After working in Carlisle’s Metal Box for 30 years and training many of the company’s apprentices, Mike then worked in Jordan and Malaysia before returning to Wetheral to retire.

Mike leaves a wife, three children and seven grandchildren, a brother and four sisters.”

– Michael Seminara's family
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