Two pensioners dead and four children in hospital after head-on crash

A three-year-old child is among those in hospital in the crash that killed an 80-year-old man and 64-year-old woman.

Two pensioners dead and four children in hospital after head-on crash in West Lothian Google Maps
Two pensioners died in the crash on the road.

Two pensioners have died and five people, including four children, have been taken to hospital following a head-on collision in West Lothian.

A three-year-old was among those rushed to a local facility for treatment after the crash on the A71 at East Calder.

An 80-year-old man and 64-year-old woman were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.

Crews shut down a large section of the road after the collision between the black Audi A6 and Mercedes GLC at 1pm on Wednesday.

The occupants of the Mercedes, a 29-year-old female driver and four children aged 3, 9, 10 and 14, were taken to hospital, but both the driver and passenger of the Audi could not be saved.

The road was closed for several hours while investigators conducted an initial probe at the scene.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We attended an incident on the A71, near Oakbank, East Calder to assist emergency service partners.

“Operations Control mobilised two fire appliances to the scene at 1.17pm on Wednesday, August 3.”

Police Scotland said an investigation is now under way to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

Sergeant Scott Kirkpatrick said: “I am appealing for motorists who were on this road around the time of the incident to contact us with any information they may have.

“Two people have lost their lives and five people were injured in this collision and their families will want to know the full circumstances of what has happened.

“If anyone has any dash cam footage, I would ask that it is handed to police as it could assist our ongoing inquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 1552 of August 3.