Police appealing for witnesses to fatal accident near Kelso

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The name of a woman killed in a road accident near Kelso on Friday has been released by police.

Michelle Bennett, 47, of Berwick in Northumberland, was pronounced dead of the scene of the crash.

She lost her life after the silver Suzuki Ignis she was travelling in as a back-seat passenger overturned on the B6350, close to Redden Farm, at around 4.15pm.

Another female passenger taken by air ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary remains in a serious but stable condition.

The car’s driver, also a woman, and a further two passengers, a man and a woman, were taken to Borders General Hospital at Melrose, but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Traffic police are investigating the accident and are appealing to any witnesses to call them on 101.

The Ignis was travelling west at the time of the crash.

Its driver lost control at a bend, causing it to overturn and smash into a fence.

No other vehicles were involved.

The roadway was closed for over six hours to allow a full collision investigation to be carried out.

Sergeant Andy Gibb, of Police Scotland’s road policing unit at Dalkeith, said: “This is an extremely tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the family of the woman who sadly passed away.

“Our inquiries into this collision are ongoing as we look to establish the full set of circumstances.

“I would urge anyone who was travelling in the area and who remembers seeing the vehicle prior to the collision to please contact police on 101 if they have not already done so.”

Another road accident victim killed in the Borders last week has also been named by police.

William Downie, 81, of Lamancha, sustained fatal injuries in a collision with a lorry on the A701 south of Leadburn at around 12.20pm last Thursday, June 16.

A spokesman for his family said: “We are devastated at our loss of a much-loved husband, dad, gramps, great-gramps, brother and uncle.

“He will be sorely missed, and we are comforted by the messages from the community, who valued his help and friendship over many years.”

Sergeant Gary Taylor, also of the road policing unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of William Downie at this very sad time, and we will continue to offer them support as and when they need it.

“Our inquiries into the circumstances that led up to this collision are ongoing, and I ask anyone with relevant information to contact police on 101.”