Two die after van and lorry crash near Loch Fyne

Two men have died following a road crash on the A83 near to Cairndow, next to Loch Fyne, in Argyll.

A Peugeot van travelling southbound collided with a lorry being driven northbound at about 16:30 on Tuesday.

Emergency services attended, but two male passengers, aged 20 and 24, from the van, died at the scene.

The van driver, 63, was treated for minor injuries at Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, while the 24-year-old lorry driver was uninjured.

Following a period of closure, the road re-opened at 02:10.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said an off-duty firefighter raised the alarm after he discovered the crash scene while travelling with his family.

Hazardous conditions

Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment in a bid to rescue the men from the van.

PC Alex Smith, of the road policing department at Dumbarton Police Office, said: "I would urge any witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information that may assist police enquiries, to contact the Road Policing Department on 01389 822000."

Meanwhile, the fire service urged road users to take extra care in hazardous conditions after snow hit the central belt and northern parts of the country.

A statement said: "While we cannot comment on individual incidents, injuries and deaths are always a stark reminder of the need for everyone to take care on the roads.

"That message is even more poignant in the aftermath of a fatal collision and becomes apparent when conditions are hazardous."

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