South Scotland

Kevin McCrindle in court over A75 crash deaths

A man has gone trial accused of causing two deaths in a car crash near Dumfries in March last year.

Joan and Steven Machell, both 63, from Lancaster, died after they collided with a car driven by Kevin McCrindle on the A75 from Gretna to Dumfries.

The couple's daughter spoke of her "lovely" mother and father who "loved everything about Scotland".

Mr McCrindle, 37, of Grieve Walk in Dumfries, denies the charge of death by dangerous driving.

He also denies driving at an excessive speed for "prevailing conditions" and going on to the wrong side of the road in an attempt to overtake other cars.

Dr Joan Machell worked at the University of Lancaster.

She was travelling with her husband from their home to attend a Robert Burns conference in Ayrshire when the crash occurred.

The trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard from Joanna Shaw, one of the couple's four children, who described her father as a "very, very careful driver" who had never had an accident.

The jury was also shown footage of the mangled wreckage following the crash.

PC David Holland - one of the officers called to the scene - said firefighters had to take the roof of Mr McCrindle's Renault Megane to remove him from the vehicle.

The Machells - who suffered multiple injuries - were found dead within their Citroen vehicle.

The trial, before judge Lord Stewart, continues.

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