South Scotland

Borders police warn drivers over wet roads

Drivers have been urged to take extra care in wet conditions following three serious crashes in the Borders.

Three people were seriously injured in the collisions on Friday.

One man was left in a critical condition following a crash on the B6364. There were further accidents on the A6105 and the A68.

Police said they could not say the incidents were a "direct result" of wet roads but urged drivers to take conditions into account.

The first incident happened at 07:30, when a Vauxhall Corsa and a Vauxhall Astra collided on a bend on the B6364 near Hume.

The 21-year-old driver of the Corsa was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in a critical condition.

The Astra driver, a 45-year-old woman, was taken to the Borders General Hospital, where she was said to be in a stable condition.

In the next incident, which happened at about 13:00, a BMW collided with a telegraph pole after coming off the road on a bend on the A6105 at Choicelee Farm.

The 45-year-old driver was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in a serious but stable condition.

The final collision happened at 14:55 on the A68 north of Newtown St Boswells.

A 90-year-old woman was taken to hospital after the Ford Fiesta she was travelling in as a passenger was involved in a three-car collision with another Fiesta and a Mini.

The elderly woman was taken to the Borders General Hospital, where she was said to be in a serious condition.

'Devastating impact'

The drivers of all three vehicles sustained minor injuries.

Sgt Brian Jones said there had been "steady drizzle" on the day of the accidents and there had been a number of other "less serious collisions".

"Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe, and we would appeal to motorists to always take account of road and weather conditions when driving, especially in rural areas where there is a greater chance of a collision occurring," he said.

"A momentary lapse in concentration can have a devastating impact, and it is vital that drivers take care and adapt their driving to suit the conditions."

Anyone who witnessed any of the collisions on Friday has been asked to contact police.

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