Two-car smash closes A7 for three hours

A7 Road Accident at Glenmayne near Galashiels.
A7 Road Accident at Glenmayne near Galashiels.
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This was the scene on Monday after rescuers freed a trapped motorist from a two-car smash south of Galashiels which closed the A7 for three hours.

A grey Toyota travelling north was involved in a collision with a black Nissan at Glenmayne at about noon.

The driver of the Toyota, a 21-year-old man from Selkirk, had to be cut from his vehicle by fire crews and suffered serious arm injuries.

He was taken to Borders General Hospital, as was the 30-year-old man driving the Nissan. Neither was said to be in a life-threatening condition.

Vehicles were diverted via the narrow B6360 which passes Abbotsford House.

A spokesperson for Lothian and Borders Police said: “The incident is being treated as a serious injury accident.”

John Mackie, area service manager for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “On behalf of the crews at the incident and the Scottish Ambulance Service, I would like to thank the bystanders who assisted the casualties until the arrival of our crews.

“The crews are in no doubt that without the intervention and assistance of these people, the patients’ condition would have been considerably worse by the time they arrived.”