Glasgow & West Scotland

Driver hurt as three lorries crash on snow-hit M74

M74 delays
Image caption The northbound carriageway of the M74 remains closed with diversions in place

A driver has been cut from his lorry after it was involved in a collision with two other heavy goods vehicles on the M74 in South Lanarkshire.

Emergency services were called to the scene, between J12 and J13, north of Abington services, at about 07:50.

The driver's lorry was lying on its side across all three lanes of the northbound carriageway.

He was cut free and flown to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital to be treated for back and facial injuries.

The collision happened as wintry weather affected driving conditions across west central Scotland.

After being notified on the crash, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue dispatched appliances from Douglas, Lanark, Hamilton and Easterhouse to the scene.

Landing zone

Firefighters used specialist hydraulic cutting equipment to reach the trapped driver and provided emergency first aid.

Police officers closed both carriageways to avoid further collisions and created a landing zone for the air ambulance helicopter.

Paramedics stabilised the trapped driver and worked closely with firefighters to ensure he could be removed from his vehicle without further injury.

The northbound M74 remains closed between J12 and J13. Diversions are in place.

Meanwhile, traffic on the southbound carriageway is said to be slow between J8 and J10, near Lesmahagow, following an earlier accident.

All lanes are open but there are delays of up to 30 minutes.

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