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Police praise public rescue efforts

By Fiona Reid
Police praise public rescue efforts

RESIDENTS near Ardwell have been praised by the emergency services after they helped following a collision on Tuesday.

The smash occurred just after 1 pm on the A716 near Ardwell. Offering more details, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1.10 pm on Tuesday, 5 December, 2023, we were called to a report of a two vehicle collision on the A716 near Ardwell, Stranraer.

“Emergency services attended, and 78 -year-old man was flown by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

“A 59-year-old man was taken by road ambulance to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

“The road re-opened around 7.50 pm and enquiries are ongoing.”

Meanwhile, on Wednesday it was revealed that members of the public, including an off-duty doctor, assisted in the emergency services’ recovery of one of the injured drivers.

Inspector Gavin McHallum was impressed and grateful for the community’s effort during the rescue and said: “Seeing the community pull together to overcome the situation was humbling. I thank the public for their patience and assistance while emergency services carried out the necessary work. The road was fully closed in order to carry out the investigation and recovery in as safe an environment as possible.

“We cannot provide an update on the injured party at this stage, but we all wish them and their families well.”


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