Glasgow & West Scotland

Easter weekend tragedy as four die on Scotland's roads

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Image caption The motorcyclist died after a collision with a car on the B1348 Links Road in Prestonpans

Four people have died and nine others were injured in a spate of crashes over the Easter weekend on Scotland's roads.

The youngest victim was a 21-year-old motorcyclist who was killed near a holiday village outside Edinburgh. The oldest casualty was 87.

The collisions happened on Saturday as many Scots took to the roads to enjoy the unseasonably hot weather.

Police have issued a number of appeals for information related to the fatal crashes.

In Prestonpans, near Edinburgh, the 21-year-old biker died after a crash with a Volkswagen Golf near to the Seton Sands Holiday village.

The accident happened on the B1348 Links Road at about 14:20 on Saturday.

Appealed for witnesses

Police said the motorcyclist was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance but died before he reached the hospital.

At about the same time a 43-year-old man was killed in Glasgow when his black Honda Jazz veered off the road and hit the central reservation before hitting a tree on the A8 Edinburgh Road at Baillieston.

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Image caption A fatal accident closed Edinburgh Road at Wellhouse Road on Saturday

Emergency services attended and the man was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he was pronounced dead.

The area was closed between Wellhouse Road and Hallhill Road and Barrachnie Road for accident investigations.

In Port Glasgow an 87-year-old man died two hours later after a crash involving three cars on the A8, near to Newark Castle roundabout, at about 16:20.

A red Ford Fiesta collided with the rear of a red Volkswagen Touran, which then collided with a red Jaguar XType.

The driver of the Fiesta was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and passenger of the Volkswagen - two women aged 45 and 75 - were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

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Image caption An 87-year-old man died after a three-car collision in Port Glasgow

The 75-year-old woman remains in a serious but stable condition.

Investigations are continuing into the death of a 29-year-old woman in Angus.

The woman died after the Audi A4 she was travelling in left the road on the B9134 between Brechin and Forfar at about 22:15 on Saturday.

A 30-year-old man who was also in the car was treated for minor injuries.

Police said the accident happened near the route's junction with Balglassie and involved only one vehicle. They have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Serious condition

In Aberdeenshire a 77-year-old woman remains in a serious condition after a crash at about 09:20 on Saturday morning.

Her Citroen C1 was involved in a collision with a silver Rover 75 estate on the A90 Aberdeen to Fraserburgh road, near the junction with the A952 at Cortes.

The driver of the Rover was not hurt.

Police are appealing for witnesses to any of the crashes, or for anyone with dashcam footage, to contact them.

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Image caption The Angus crash happened on the B9134, near to the Balglassie junction

Meanwhile three people were seriously injured in a road accident in Aberdeenshire on Sunday night.

The collision between a while Volkswagen Up and a grey Volkswagen Tiguan happened on the B9119 Tarland to Echt road, near Tillylodge, at about 21:05.

Police said the 17-year-old male driver of the Up, and two passengers in the Tiguan - a man aged 68 and a 67-year-old woman - were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

The 68-year-old male driver of the Tiguan and a 65-year-old woman, who was a passenger, sustained slight injuries.

Sgt Peter Henderson said: "An investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of this collision."

He appealed for information or dashcam footage from witnesses to the incident.

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Image caption A 77-year-old woman was hurt in a crash on the A90 near the junction of the A952 at Cortes

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