South Scotland

Borders A68 double fatal accident described in court

Drivers on the A68 in the Borders have told a court of a collision which ended in the death of two pensioners.

They were giving evidence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in the trial of Claire Angus, 48, of Springwood Bank, Kelso.

She denies causing the death of Alison Wood, 79, and Janet Allan, 73, by driving without due care and attention on 18 February last year.

She also pleeded not guilty to causing severe injuries to a nine-year-old boy who was a passenger in her car.

The accident occurred on the road near Newtown St Boswells.

Witness Margaret Smith described how a black car "drifted" across the white line on to her side of the road.

She pulled over to avoid a collision but looked in her mirror and said she saw it going head-on into a grey car which had been behind her.

'Car flying'

Deborah McGarvey, a catering manager with Scottish Borders Council, also gave her account of the crash.

She said: "I can remember seeing a silver car flying through the air.

"I dialled 999.

"The silver car ended up in a ditch - I can't get the picture out of my brain."

Another motorist, Deborah Shields, said she had tended to Ms Angus while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

She said she appeared "confused and disorientated".

When she was told she had been in a road accident, Ms Shields told the court Ms Angus had said: "Please tell me I hit a tree. Oh God, what have I done?".

The trial continues.

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