Road traffic collision in Galashiels

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Crews from Selkirk, Galashiels and the heavy rescue unit from Newcraighall attended.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended a road traffic collision involving a passenger bus and two cars in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders this morning (8 December).

Operations Control Edinburgh received the call at 9.23am to the collision the junction of Tweed Road and Nether Road in Galashiels.

Crews were mobilised from Galashiels, Selkirk fire stations along with the heavy rescue unit from Newcraighall.  On arrival firefighters stabilised the vehicles before using hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof from both cars to enable the safe release of one female casualty and one male casualty trapped inside each car.

Both casualties were placed in the care of paramedics and taken to Borders General Hospital for further treatment.

Station Manager Mike Jaffray, who attended the incident, said: “We would like to remind motorists to take extra care on the roads particularly when low temperatures are being experienced.

“Driving in icy and snowy conditions can be challenging for drivers as vehicle handling changes and stopping times and distances increase. When roads are slippery, it can take up to ten times longer for your vehicle to come to a stop.

“Winter weather also brings unexpected and dangerous conditions to our roads. It’s important to ensure that your vehicle is serviced, well maintained and that drivers take the necessary precautions when driving in bad weather.’’  

Further information about staying safe on the roads is available from www.roadsafetyscotland.org.uk.

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