Minibus death crash horror: One man dead and 23 rushed to hospital after passenger vehicle ploughs off Scottish Borders road and smashes onto ROOF
- Vehicle carrying 24 people overturned on the A6089 between Carfraemill and Gordon, near Lauder, 23 miles from Edinburgh
- Private minibus – travelling from Newtongrange to Kelso – was carrying 23 adult passengers plus driver
- One man died at the scene; other passengers and driver taken to hospitals
- Fire service said four fire engines were sent to scene of accident this morning
A man has died and 23 people have been taken to hospital after a minibus carrying 24 people ploughed off a road and overturned in the Scottish Borders this morning.
The single-vehicle accident occurred at 10.50am on the A6089 between Carfraemill and Gordon, near Lauder, 23 miles from Edinburgh.
The private minibus, which was travelling from Newtongrange to Kelso, was carrying 23 adult passengers plus the driver.
Police Scotland have confirmed that the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a number of people have been taken to hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known.
A man has died after a minibus he was travelling in, along with 23 others, overturned in the Scottish Borders at 10.50am this morning
The accident occurred on the A6089 between Carfraemill and Gordon, near Lauder, 23 miles from Edinburgh
The other passengers and the driver were taken to Borders General Hospital, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.
According to Scottish Radio Station TD1, off-duty NHS staff are being asked to attend work at the Borders General Hospital.
The fire service said that four fire engines had been sent to the scene.
The Road Policing Unit initially declared the collision a major incident and worked with partners in the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service to quickly provide assistance to those involved.
The road remains closed in both directions while Road Policing Officers continue to conduct collision investigations at the scene.
Colleagues in the NHS and Scottish Borders Council are also currently providing assistance to Police Scotland and those affected.
The other passengers and the driver were taken to Borders General Hospital, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow for treatment
The road remains closed in both directions while Road Policing Officers continue to conduct collision investigations at the scene
Chief Inspector Steven Duncan of the Lothians & Scottish Borders Police Division said: ‘We’re providing ongoing support to the family of the man who tragically lost his life, along with those who have been injured and their families.
‘Our Road Policing Unit, together with partners, are currently working to establish the full circumstances surrounding this.
‘We’d ask anyone who may be concerned that a loved one has been affected, or anyone who could help with our investigation, to get in touch immediately via 101 and quote incident number 1369 of 29th December.’