South Scotland

Boy, 11, recalls A68 fatal accident in Borders

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Image caption The boy told Edinburgh Sheriff Court he had asked Ms Angus if they were going to have an accident

An 11-year-old boy has told a court how he asked a driver if she was going to have an accident shortly before a crash in which two pensioners died.

Claire Angus, 48, of Kelso, denies causing the death of Alison Wood, 79, and Janet Allan, 73, by driving without due care and attention.

The boy, a front-seat passenger in her car, said she had stopped before the accident as she was feeling tired.

After the incident he said he thought he heard her say "what have I done?".

The boy, who was nine at the time of the accident in February 2009, told Edinburgh Sheriff Court how Ms Angus had stopped because she was feeling tired.

She drove off but about five or 10 minutes later the crash occurred on the A68 near Newtown St Boswells in the Borders.

Eyes closed

The youngster said he put his hands over his eyes to protect himself but when he took them down he saw where the two cars had ended up.

He said Ms Angus's eyes had been closed and he had spoken to her five times without response.

"At first I thought she was dead," he said.

"I took off my seatbelt, opened the door and got out.

"I fell to my knees and there was blood dripping from my nose."

The trial continues.

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