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Three monks killed in head-on crash on A68 named

A68 crash
Image caption Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash on Christmas Eve

Three men who were killed in a head-on car crash on the A68 in the east of Scotland have been named by police.

Phramaha Chai Boonma, 36, Phramaha Pranom Thongphaiboon, 43, and Phramaha Kriangkrai Khamsamrong, 35 were killed in the two-car incident in Midlothian.

The Buddhist monks from Thailand were travelling north on the A68 near Pathhead at the Fala Tunnel on Monday.

Their Nissan Note overturned and collided with a Skoda Octavia car, which was travelling south at 07:30.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene, while a 47-year-old man and the 61-year-old female driver of the vehicle were taken to hospital for various injuries.

A 74-year-old man who was driving the Skoda was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries before being released.

Road Policing Officers closed the road for around six hours while they carried out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Witnesses on the road on Monday are being urged to call the police.

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