Racegoer killed in bus crash near Gordon is named by police

Ross Jones Barker.
Ross Jones Barker.

A man who died after a minibus overturned near Gordon, injuring more than 20 people, has been named by police.

Ross Jones Barker, 59, was a passenger on the private bus carrying a group of 23 friends from Newtongrange to Kelso for a day at the races.

The bus overturned while travelling on the A6089 between Carfraemill and Gordon around 10.50am. Mr Barker, from Port Seton in East Lothian, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Of the 23 other men also on board, al aged between 24 and 75, 14 were taken to Borders General Hospital, eight to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and one was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.

Six passengers are in a stable condition in hospital with serious injuries.

The road was closed in both directions until 9pm to allow the road policing unit to conduct investigations at the scene and for the bus to be recovered.

Police say they are still working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the accident.

Chief Inspector Steven Duncan from the Lothians and Scottish Borders Police Division said: “This has been an outing among friends and associates which has turned into tragedy.

“Our sympathies are with Ross’s family, who have respectfully requested privacy during this terrible ordeal as they try to come to terms with their loss.

“Our thoughts also remain with all those injured and their families.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues in the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who provided vital help in responding to this incident.

“We’re also very grateful to the NHS, Scottish Borders Council and the public for their support of officers and all those affected.”

Prayers for those involved were said at Newtongrange Church Hall last night.

The Rev Malcolm Muir said: “There is a solemnity across the village at the moment. Yesterday a lot of people were in shock.

“Newtongrange is a tight-knit community though it is also very inclusive of people who have moved to the area, and it has a very strong sense of identity.”

A message on the church Facebook page said: “We send our love and prayers to the family of the man who has lost his life and to those injured for a speedy recovery.”

Many of those on the bus are believed to be regulars at The Dean Tavern in Newtongrange.

In a post on Facebook on Saturday, pub staff said: “The management and staff would like to pass on our condolences to those affected by the horrific accident on the way to Kelso today.

“As we wait for more news to come through, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all those affected.”

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