Crash victim Robert Finlayson was trapped under HGV

Robert Finlayson Robert Finlayson died shortly after leaving a friend's home in Lesmahagow at about 03:10 on Monday

Related Stories

Police have revealed that a man killed by an HGV may have been trapped under the vehicle for several miles after being struck.

Robert Finlayson, 22, was found dead on the B7078 Carlisle Road in Blackwood, Lanarkshire, on Monday 23 September.

It is believed Mr Finlayson was struck by a large vehicle about an hour after leaving a friend's house in Lesmahagow at 03:10.

Officers investigating his death have made a fresh appeal for information.

Start Quote

It is entirely possibly that the driver of the vehicle that struck him... is not aware that they hit him”

End Quote Insp Calum Maider Police Scotland

It is thought Mr Finlayson, who lived in Dunbar Street, Hamilton, had been attempting to hitchhike.

Insp Calum Maider of Police Scotland said: "He was seen on CCTV around 0410 hours, standing on the north side of the over bridge of the M74 motorway Junction 10 and then heading north on the northbound carriageway of the B7078, where it appears he was attempting to hitchhike.

"Several northbound vehicles are seen moving onto the opposing lane to pass him safely, however, he has then been struck by a vehicle and carried underneath it for a distance of three miles.

"It is entirely possibly that the driver of the vehicle that struck him, believed to be an unmarked light coloured Mercedes Actros tractor unit towing a tri-axel rigid step framed trailer, is not aware that they hit him."

The road is believed to have been busier than normal because of a diversion from the nearby M74 motorway.

Insp Maider added: "Due to a road closure on the M74 on Monday last week, more than 40 vehicles, most of which would have been heavy goods vehicles delivering to large retail outlets, were diverted off the motorway and onto the B7078 between 0400-0430 hours.

"It is imperative that we identify these drivers, some of who I am pretty sure are on that road at the same time every week."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Glasgow & West



6 °C -1 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • KnucklesGood or bad?

    For many it can be very satisfying to 'crack' the bones in your hand, but is it bad for you?


  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.