A fifteen-year-old girl was tragically killed in a fatal road collision in Scotland last night, while two other family members remain in a critical condition.
The family, understood to be Jewish and from Manchester, were travelling northbound on the M74 at Junction 20 near Annan, when their red Ford Transit Tourneo minibus collided with a white articulated lorry around 4.45pm, before hitting the central reservation.
A fifteen-year-old girl on the minibus was rushed to a Carlisle hospital, where she sadly died.
A 42-year-old woman and a seventeen-year-old boy remain in a critical condition after being taken by air ambulance to separate hospitals.
The other four occupants of the vehicle – a six-month old baby girl, a seven-year-old boy, a twelve-year-old boy, and the 45-year-old driver of the minibus – were all taken to hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
Police have now launched an appeal into the circumstances of the collision, urging those who were travelling on the road at the time to get in touch.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family involved in this devastating incident, and specialist officers are supporting them during this time,” said Sergeant Jonny Edgar from the Road Policing Unit.
“An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the crash and it is important we speak to anyone who was on the road at the time, and may have witnessed what happened or observed the minibus beforehand.
“We would also urge any motorists with dash-cams who were travelling on the M74 on Wednesday afternoon to please check their footage in case they have captured anything which could be of significance to our enquiries.”
The road was closed for approximately 12 hours, while police carried out their investigations, reopening around 4.40am this morning.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Police Scotland through 101, quoting incident number 2612 of Wednesday, 21 July, 2021.
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