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M8 fatal crash teenager drove 'wrong way' on M8 near Harthill

A West Lothian teenage driver has died after he is understood to have driven the wrong way along Scotland's busiest motorway before colliding with a lorry.

The 19-year-old died in the crash at about 01:00 on the eastbound carriageway of the M8 in West Lothian, about one mile east of Harthill.

The crash involved a Fiat Stilo and a large goods vehicle.

Police said they received reports the Fiat was driving the wrong way on the motorway after joining at junction 3A.

The road was closed for a number of hours between junctions 4 and 5.

The car driver, who was from Bathgate, died at the scene. The 39-year-old lorry driver was not injured.

Insp Richard Latto, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "At the moment we are working to establish the circumstances leading up to this collision, and would appeal for anyone who may have been in the area at the time, and who may have seen what happened, to contact police."

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