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.
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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