Scottish Borders minibus crash kills one, injures 23
December 31, 2018, 2:40:02 CET | Wikinews

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A minibus overturned on the A6089 road between Gordon and Carfraemill in the Scottish Borders on Saturday night. The rural accident killed one man and injured 23 more.


A file photo of the A6089 near Gordon.Image: James Denham via the Geograph project.
The bus was reportedly carrying an all-male group from Newtongrange to Kelso. Following the accident, local authorities declared a major incident, with Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Scotland, and Scottish Borders Council all collaborating on the response.

Per the reports, an air ambulance ferried one survivor to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital; fourteen casualties were taken to Borders General Hospital in Melrose; and eight were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The minibus held 23 passengers plus a driver. Authorities closed the road after the crash at around 10:50am, reopening it at 9:00pm.

59-year-old East Lothian man Ross Jones Barker was identified as the deceased at the accident location. Barker, and some other passengers were traveling to Kelso to attend the Kelso Races, a local horse race. Images of the bus showed it upended in a field perpendicular to the road, with extensive crush damage to the roof. BBC reported the minibus left tyre marks on the road.

Traffic Scotland took to Twitter on the day of the accident to warn of strong wind gusts affecting driving in the area. The road has a poor safety reputation among locals, who know it for its multiple blind summits. Police Scotland's Road Policing Unit had carried investigation operation at least until 9pm. The vehicle has since been righted and recovered.

Reverend Malcolm Muir of Newtongrange described "a solemnity across the village at the moment" in the "tight-knit community" which "has a very strong sense of identity."






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Stephen Naysmith. "Police name man who died when minibus overturned in the Scottish Borders as Ross Jones Barker" — Herald Scotland, December 30, 2018
"One dead, 23 in hospital after bus overturns in Scottish borders" — The Daily Telegraph, December 30, 2018
"Police name victim of fatal minibus crash in Borders" — BBC News Online, December 30, 2018
"One passenger dead and 23 in hospital after bus overturns in Scottish Borders" — The Evening Times, December 30, 2018





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