Glasgow & West Scotland

Three men killed in three-car crash in Cumbernauld

Scene of the crash
Image caption The dual carriageway was closed in both directions for several hours but has now reopened

Three men have died and a fourth has been injured in a three-car crash in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.

The crash happened at about 12:45 on the A8011 dual carriageway, known locally as Wilderness Brae.

Police said a silver Mercedes appeared to have crossed the central reservation and crashed into a black Ford Focus.

Two men were in the Mercedes, and the 30-year-old driver was killed, along with the 34-year-old driver of the Ford Focus, and his 46-year-old passenger.

A 71-year-old man, who was travelling in a Fiat Punto, was taken to Monklands Hospital in Airdrie and has since been discharged.

The dual carriageway was closed in both directions for several hours but has now reopened.

Strathclyde Police said it was trying to establish the cause of the crash.

Insp Keith Prentice said: "The car that crossed the carriageway was travelling northbound, from Cumbernauld town centre to the M80. The black Ford Focus was driving southbound towards Cumbernauld town centre.

"The A8011 is a very busy stretch of road in Cumbernauld which links the town to the M80, and at the time of the crash it would have been busy with vehicles.

"Our inquiries have revealed that several motorists stopped at the scene just after the crash occurred, and I would like to appeal to those people, who may have crucial information, to get in touch with officers."