Two women killed in separate smashes as snow and ice cause chaos on Scots roads


The scene of the fatal accident near Sanquhar this morning


By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

A FEMALE driver died and four others were injured when a car collided with an ambulance in Dumfries and Galloway and another woman was killed in a two-car smash near Peterhead.

THREE people have died and a number of others have been injured following a spate of accidents on Scotland’s roads this morning as freezing conditions hit parts of the country overnight.

One woman died after her silver Vauxhall Corsa collided with an ambulance about five miles south of Mennock, near Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, at around 8.40am. Police have named the woman driver of the Corsa as Zoe Clark, 24, from Carronbridge, Thornhill. Two ambulance crew and two patients were also injured in the collision which happened as the ambulance was transferring the patients to hospital following an earlier road crash.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance was involved in a collision with another car on the A76 near Mennock while transferring two patients to hospital in Dumfries. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the driver of the car, who tragically died.” One of the crew was airlifted to hospital with potentially serious injuries. The other three were not seriously injured and were transferred by road to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Meanwhile, a woman was killed this morning in a two-car crash in Aberdeenshire .

The tragedy, involving a white Vauxhaull Corsa and a silver Volvo XC90, happened at 7.35am near Peterhead. A man was also taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries. And in another incident, a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car in East Lothian this morning.

The scene of the crash in Aberdeenshire

The scene of the crash in Aberdeenshire

Drivers have been warned to take extra care on their journeys and allow additional time as snow and ice cause disruption. It follows an overnight “be aware” warning from the Met Office covering most of the country. Police Scotland said it was too early to say whether freezing conditions had contributed to the accident but drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Officers are working with the council to ensure safe diversions are put in place as some smaller roads nearby have not yet been gritted. There have also been several incidents on the A74 near Moffat and Beattock.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Freezing conditions are currently making for difficult driving conditions and drivers should check their routes before setting off.” Firefighters have issued a warning following an incident yesterday in which a man and a woman were rescued from a car after it left the snow-affected A736 Lochlibo Road in North Ayrshire.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Paul Timmons said: “The weather has definitely turned for the worse in the past couple of days, so we would urge everyone to keep the conditions in mind whenever they’re on the road. “Snow, sleet and rain all reduce visibility and mean slippery road surfaces, making it more likely people will experience a collision. It can happen to any of us but there are things we can do to reduce the risk.

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Ebola: WHO lists 15 priority countries

163 people were on board the Air France plane which arrived in Madrid from Paris

163 people were on board the Air France plane which arrived in Madrid from Paris

By Shaun Gibson @ShaunyNews

The WHO has said it is focusing its attention on 15 countries to prevent the spread of Ebola, as the EU announced a review of its entry policies and the disease was reported in the last untouched area of Sierra Leone. Dr Isabelle Nuttall, the WHO’s global director, said on Thursday that cases were doubling every four weeks and that health officials were trying to prevent the disease spreading from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the worst-hit nations, to neighbouring countries and those with a strong travel and trade relationship.

Focus Countries:
Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, CAR, DR Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria, South Sudan and Togo

Nuttall said: “The objective is to stop the transmission from occurring in these countries. They may not have a case but after one case we don’t want more. These countries need to be better prepared.

“This week we will cross 9,000 cases of Ebola and 4,500 deaths. The outbreak continues to hit health workers hard. So far 427 health care workers have been infected with Ebola and 236 have died.” The statement came as Sierra Leone reported two infections in the northern area of Koinadugu, the last untouched district in the country, despite strict safety precautions and limited contact with the rest of the country.

The EU also announced that it was reviewing its screening controls for airline passengers leaving west Africa.

After an emergency meeting of EU health ministers, EU health chief Tonio Borg said the WHO and the EU would look into “conflicting reports” about whether the screening in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea was good enough.  As alarm grew outside Africa over the disease’s potential spread, an Air France plane was isolated at Madrid after a male passenger who had travelled from Lagos in Nigera reported a fever and shivers.

The 163 passengers and crew were kept aboard the plane until the passenger was taken to hospital. The Spanish health ministry said it was treating the incident as a suspected case of Ebola. The man was one of four suspected cases of the disease in Spain. In the US, meanwhile, disease control officials admitted they had allowed a nurse to fly home after treating an Ebola victim. She later fell ill with the disease.

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