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Woman trapped in overhanging car on Melrose bridge

Bow Bridge near Melrose Credit: ITV BORDER

A 69 year-old woman trapped in a car hanging over a bridge in Melrose has been cut free by firefighters.

The fire service were alerted on Saturday evening to a report of a car hanging over Bow Bridge with a person stuck inside.

Crews from Galashiels and Kelso were sent to the scene at on the A699 at 7.51pm.

They used specialised equipment to stabilise the car before cutting the injured woman free.

Debris from the car was visible Credit: ITV Border

Crews used two tirfor winches to stabilise the vehicle and hydraulic cutting gear to extricate one 69-year-old woman who was physically trapped.

– Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Parts of the car remain at the scene Credit: ITV Border

The woman was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment to her injuries.

The fire service said no one was else was in the car.

Police said inquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Woman flips car swerving to avoid animal near Annan

Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

A woman is being treated for a head injury after her car left the B723 near Annan and overturned, landing in a burn.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 8.20am today, Wednesday 21 February.

Police said the woman, who swerved to avoid an animal, had minor injuries and was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

WATCH: Fire safety

Firefighters across Scotland are visiting vulnerable and elderly people this week to give advice that could save lives.

It's part of a nationwide week of action, launched after a high number of deaths from fires this year, as well as new risks around the home.

Hannah McNulty reports.

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Fire safety tips for your home

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Fire crews in the Borders have been speaking to homeowners to offer fire prevention advice.

They are offering free home fire safety visits to residents throughout the region.

It's part of a week of action by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service following a number of house fire fatalities.

The fire service's website offers information to help you keep your home safe:

  • Make sure your home has a working smoke alarm on each level of the property
  • Close all the doors in your house at night: this slows down the spread of smoke and flames
  • Never leave a cooker unattended while in use
  • Make sure candles are kept away from curtains and are never left unsupervised

For more fire safety tips, click here.

To book a free home fire safety visit, click here.

'I've learned a lot'

Crews in Galashiels in the Borders have been speaking to homeowners to offer fire prevention advice.

It's part of a week of action by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service following a number of house fire fatalities.

Thirty-one people have died so far this year.

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