Motorcyclist from Northumberland killed in crash in Scottish Borders

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A 60-year-old motorcyclist who died following a collision with a car on the A699 between Selkirk and St Boswells on Sunday has been named.

John Southern, from Blyth, Northumberland, was airlifted from the scene of the crash, near the Lindean junction, to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in a serious condition.

However he passed away during the night.

The three occupants of Seat Leon car suffered minor injuries and were taken to the BGH for treatment.

The collision occurred between Mr Southern’s Triumph Tiger bike and the car at around 4.30pm.

The road was closed for seven hours to enable a fuel spill to be cleaned up and for crash investigation work to be carried out.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Mr Southern was travelling in a large group of motorbikes on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells road when the collision happened.

“An investigation is underway in order to establish the circumstances, and we are appealing to any witnesses to contact Police Scotland on 101.”