South Scotland

Freak snow and hail storm causes A74M crashes

A freak hail and snow storm caused several accidents on the A74M and resulted in a woman and a seven-week-old baby being taken to hospital.

Eight vehicles were involved in a series of accidents on the Glasgow to Carlisle motorway just after 20:00 on Thursday.

Conditions were so bad that police were forced to close the motorway between Johnstonebridge and Moffat.

The woman and baby were not thought to have been seriously hurt.

Diversions were put in place and as the damaged vehicles were removed by the emergency services, the motorway was re-opened after about three hours.

A Police Scotland spokesman at Dumfries said: "It seems to have been chaos for some time.

"We had reports of snow, hail and ice between Moffat and Johnstonebridge and we had to close the motorway both ways for a time."

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