POLICE: Serious road crash on the A811 and speeding motorists nicked on the A83

The view of Loch Lomond from the village of Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire.

By Democrat reporter

Road Policing Officers at Dumbarton are appealing for information after a serious road crash near to Gartocharn on Thursday, 25 February, 2021.

Around 3.10pm on Thursday afternoon, officers were called to a report of a road crash involving two Ford Transit vans and a Toyota Rav4 on the A811 near to Gartocharn.

Police and Ambulance attended and a 58 year-old man and a 47 year-old woman from one of the Transit van’s were taken by Ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where they are being treated for their injuries.  Hospital staff describe their condition as serious.  The driver of the other Transit van and the RAV4 did not require medical treatment.

Sergeant Kevin Craig of the Road Policing Unit based at Dumbarton said:  “Our investigation into the cause of this crash is continuing.  I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the crash, who has not yet spoken to police to come forward.

” I would also like to hear from anyone driving on the A811 near Gartocharn around the time of the crash who has dash-cam footage.

“I would ask anyone with information that may assist our investigation to contact officers through 101 quoting reference number 1732 of 25 February.”

Meanwhile, three men have been charged by road traffic police with driving at over 120mph on an Argyll and Bute road.

At around 3.45pm on Saturday, February 27, road policing officers stopped a 29-year-old driving a BMX X5 travelling at speeds of up to 122mph on the A83 at Glen Kingladd, Cairndow. He was charged in connection with road traffic offences.

Just over an hour later, at around 5.15pm, officers pulled over a BMW six series and a Mini Cooper going at speeds of up to 123mph on the same road.

The two drivers, 23-year-old and a 52-year-old men, were charged in connection with road traffic offences.

Inspector Archie McGuire from Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Road Policing Unit said:  “Driving at such excessive speeds shows an utter disregard for the safety of everyone else on the road. Such reckless behaviour is a contributing factor in many serious and fatal road crashes.

“Most drivers using our roads do so with respect for the speed limits, driving conditions and other road users, but I would appeal to the minority to please slow down and reduce the chances of collisions and the danger to others.

“Road Policing Officers will continue to respond to concerns from the public about speeding in their local area. We will keep working to educate drivers and take action where appropriate to improve safety and reduce the number of injuries on our roads.”

The Rest and Be Thankful A83 road, which is the main route to the West Highlands and dangerous at the best of times.

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