South Scotland

Blyth man John Southern identified as Borders crash victim

A Northumberland man has been identified as the motorcyclist killed in a crash in the Borders on Sunday.

John Southern, 60, of Blyth, died in hospital after the accident on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road.

He was riding his Triumph Tiger when it was in collision with a Seat Leon car near to the village of Lindean.

Mr Southern was taken by air ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment but succumbed to his injuries.

The occupants of the car, a driver and two passengers, were taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Mr Southern was travelling in a large group of motorbikes on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road when the collision happened.

"An investigation is underway in order to establish the circumstances, and we are appealing to any witnesses to contact Police Scotland on 101."

In a separate incident in Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday afternoon, a 41-year-old motorcyclist was seriously hurt in a crash on the A76 near Drumlanrig Castle.

He was airlifted to hospital after the accident involving his red Ducati and a blue Citroen Saxo car.

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