Sep 9 2009 by Jackie Grant, Dumfries Standard Wednesday
A LORRY driver was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after crashing his HGV into a field at an accident blackspot.
The Morrison’s delivery lorry ploughed through a fence, ripping out most of the banking, around 3am on Sunday morning, only a week after the last serious road crash on the A701 at Amisfield.
Police arrived quickly at the scene and helped to free the driver, who was taken to hospital after complaining about sore ribs and having difficulty breathing.
Maureen Johnstone, chairwoman of Tinwald Community Council, said local residents are terrified about the possibility of more serious accidents on the road and are continuing their campaign for traffic calming measures in the area.
She said: “Just last week there was a road accident involving a Jaguar car and a motorbike.
“A few days after that a motorist stopped because of a flat tyre on this stretch of road and a vehicle came round a corner and collided with the back of a mini bus which had stopped behind the stranded car.
“This latest incident was within the stretch of road that residents of Tinwald Parish are campaigning to have a speed restriction applied.
“It was a big articulated lorry and traffic lights had to be put in place for the rest of the day until the vehicle was recovered which took until late on Sunday afternoon.
“Luckily it was a Sunday and traffic wasn’t as heavy as during the week but if a speed restriction was in place, vehicles approaching this particular stretch of road would be doing so at a more realistic speed for the road conditions.”
A Transport Scotland spokeswoman confirmed last week that a solar powered vehicle activated sign will be installed on the road within the next few weeks.
A police spokesman said the lorry involved in Sunday’s accident was removed by crane later in the day.
You can see a video of the lorry recovery below.