Teenager dies after crash near Langholm

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An 18-year-old has died after the car he was driving crashed into a bridge north of Langholm.

Emergency services were scrambled to the scene, at Kirkton Burn Bridge in Ewes, on Monday evening.

The man, who was named by Police Scotland as Harry Blowing from Etterby Scaur in Carlisle, was cut free by firefighters and airlifted to the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he later died.

Temporary traffic lights were in operation either side of the bridge, close to Ewes Parish Church, on Tuesday morning.

James Irving, who lives close to Kirkton Bridge, on the A7, said he was at home watching television when the crash happened.

"I was watching TV with my son and he heard something," Mr Irving told the E&L Advertiser.

"He said 'Did you hear that? It sounded like a tyre popping' but I didn't hear anything.

"We went outside and we could see smoke and we saw that the car had hit the bridge. It must've been about 6pm."

Mr Irving said he immediately dialled 999 to alert the emergency services. "I think I spoke to someone up in Aberdeen and told them what happened and gave them my postcode.

"It took a while for the emergency services to get here but there were police cars and fire engines.

"We could hear them cutting the driver free."

Mr Irving said when he went back outside, he could see a number of people at the scene before two helicopters also arrived.

"There were several people there - probably about 20 - and there were also two helicopters but I didn't see that one of them had taken him away. One of them was sitting there for quite a long time."

Mr Irving said that it was still light at the time of the crash and that there had been no rain.

He added: "It is a dangerous road, though. Some of the logging lorries come flying past. You look at the money that's being spent elsewhere and some of it could definitely be used to improve the safety on the A7."

A spokesman for Police Scotland said that the road was closed in order for a full road traffic collision examination to take place.

The Procurator Fiscal has also been informed.

Sergeant Leigh McCulloch, of the trunk roads policing group at Lockerbie, said: "We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this crash to come forward and speak to us and likewise would want to speak to anyone who may have seen the black BMW driving south prior to the collision.

"Callers can speak to a police officer at Lockerbie Trunk Roads Policing Unit through the 101 number."

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 4:35PM
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