M74 crash: Schoolgirl dead, two fighting for life & four including baby injured after minibus collides with lorry

A TEENAGE girl has died in a horror minibus crash on Scots motorway while two others fight for life.

The 15-year-old was travelling with six people – including a six-month-old baby – when the vehicle collided with a lorry on the M74 near Annan, Dumfriesshire around 4.45pm yesterday.

Emergency services raced the girl to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where she later died.

A teenage boy, 17, and a woman, 42, are in critical condition in hospital.

Cops said the red Ford Transit Tourneo minibus was travelling northbound at Junction 20 when it crashed with the HGV, before hitting the central reservation.

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The 42-year-old woman was taken by air ambulance to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. Medical staff describe her condition as critical.

And the 17-year-old boy was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle where medical staff describe his condition as critical.

A six-month-old baby girl, a seven-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy and the 45-year-old male driver of the minibus were all taken to the Cumberland Infirmary where they were treated for minor injuries.

The road was closed for approximately 12 hours, while police carried out their investigations, reopening around 4.40am on Thursday morning.

Traffic was diverted onto the B7076 for the duration of the closure.

Sergeant Jonny Edgar from the Road Policing Unit based at Dumfries said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family involved in this devastating incident, and specialist officers are supporting them during this time.

“An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the crash and it is important we speak to anyone who was on the road at the time, and may have witnessed what happened or observed the minibus beforehand.

“We would also urge any motorists with dash-cams who were travelling on the M74 on Wednesday afternoon to please check their footage in case they have captured anything which could be of significance to our enquiries.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland through 101, quoting incident number 2612 of Wednesday, 21 July, 2021.”

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