Two dead in separate A75 smashes

The car left the A75 at Twynholm and came to rest upside down beneath the branches of a roadside tree. PF
The car left the A75 at Twynholm and came to rest upside down beneath the branches of a roadside tree. PF

A SPELL of A75 carnage left two dead and one in hospital overnight on Wednesday with two separate crashes leading to traffic chaos.

Police were called to the A75 at Twynholm at 6pm on Wednesday when a red Volkswagen Golf estate driven by an 82-year old, named by police as John Scott from the Gatehouse area, left the road and flipped onto its roof. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed until the early hours of Thursday with diversions for light traffic through Twynholm and a convoy of HGVs rattled through Kirkcudbright.

Police hoping to re-open the busy main road then received a second call just before midnight telling them of a further crash, this one three miles west of Newton Stewart. They were faced with a black Vauxhall Vectra, which they described as having a “distinctive silver bonnet”, which had left the road. A 22-year old male died as a result and a second was taken to Dumfries Infirmary with shock and bruising.

Diversions were put in place between Newton Stewart and Glenluce and police warned of significant traffic chaos - which duly ensued with at least two lorries clipping the verges of the smaller diversionary routes and tipping into fields and several vans following.

Police also requested that drivers avoid trying to find shortcuts and to stick to the routes advised.

A spokesman said: “We are appealing for witnesses to these crashes. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the actual crashes, or who may have seen either of the cars prior to point where they crashed. Witnesses can get in touch through the usual number of 0845 600 5701.”

The A75 was re-opened at midday yesterday.