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Newborn girl dies following Hawick crash

Crash scene
Image caption The child was born following the crash but died later from her injuries

A baby girl born in hospital after her mother was involved in a road crash in the Borders has died from her injuries.

The pregnant woman was heading to hospital when the Honda Civic she was in was involved in a smash with a Volkswagen Golf on the A7 near Hawick.

Lothian and Borders Police said she was taken to Borders General Hospital, where her child was delivered.

However, a police spokesman said the infant had succumbed to her injuries shortly after being born.

He said: "Tragically, the infant was not strong enough to survive the injuries sustained and there are still concerns with regards to her mother's health."

The woman has been transferred to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh for treatment to chest and head injuries and remains in a serious condition.

Her partner, who was driving the vehicle in which she was a passenger, also suffered a serious leg injury in the crash.

He was taken to Borders General Hospital after being cut free from the Honda Civic.

Witness appeal

The car had been travelling north when it was involved in the collision with the Volkswagen Golf, which was heading south, at about 0825 BST.

The driver of the Volkswagen Golf suffered minor injuries.

The road remained closed while officers carried out an investigation at the scene and anyone who witnessed the collision has been asked to contact police immediately.

A police spokesman said: "We are still in the process of piecing together the circumstances surrounding this collision, which has resulted in some serious injuries to those involved.

"We would urge any motorists who were on the road and can assist with our enquiries to come forward.

"We are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a small red car, which was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision."

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