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Neil Harold, Gordon McRae and Greig Brown die in Cumbernauld crash

Neil Harold, Gordon McRae and Greig Brown
Image caption Neil Harold, Gordon McRae and Greig Brown all died in the crash at Wilderness Brae

Police have released the names of three men who died in a three-car crash in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.

Greig Brown, 30, was killed when his silver Mercedes crashed on the A8011 dual carriageway, known locally as Wilderness Brae, at 12:45 on Wednesday.

The car collided with a black Ford Focus whose driver, Neil Harold, 34, and 46-year-old passenger, Gordon McRae, also died.

A 71-year-old man, who was driving a Fiat Punto, suffered minor injuries.

Mr Harold, who was from the Ralston area of Paisley, Renfrewshire, is survived by his wife Laura and two-year old son.

His passenger, Mr McRae, from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, is survived by his wife Lorna and two daughters, aged 18 and 13, and nine-year-old twin boys.

Both men were work colleagues at an engineering firm in Cumbernauld.

'Notorious road'

The driver of the silver Mercedes, Mr Brown, was from Condorrat, near Cumbernauld.

It is understood that Mr Brown's car crossed the carriageway and collided with the Ford Focus carrying Mr Harold and Mr McRae.

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP Jamie Hepburn said the accident was a "tragedy".

He said safety concerns had to be addressed on the Wilderness Brae stretch, which he described as "fairly notorious locally".

Image caption The dual carriageway was closed for several hours following the crash

Mr Hepburn said he had written to the local authority on several occasions raising concerns about the road.

He added: "The speed limit at that location has been lowered previously but I do think they need to look at whether it is being adhered to by enough drivers. We're going to have to look at enforcement measures as well."

Councillor James Coyle, North Lanarkshire Council's transport convener, said: "As part of our immediate response to yesterday's accident, work will commence this evening to reduce the A8011 northbound carriageway to a single lane.

"This move follows a meeting with Strathclyde Police and is in response to public concern. It will also allow our engineers to continue their own investigation with a view to introducing further safety measures on this road where appropriate. We would ask all motorists to be aware of the reduced width and adjust their driving technique and speed accordingly."

Police appealed for witnesses to the crash to contact them.

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