A teenager has been killed and six are in hospital following a car crash in Ayrshire just weeks after the death of a nine-year-old hit by a tractor while riding her bike in the same town.
Emergency services were called to Boig Road, New Cumnock, at around 6pm on Tuesday following a two-car crash involving a Peugeot 208.
A passenger in the car, 15-year-old Lewis Campbell, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 18-year-old male driver of the Peugeot and passengers, an 18-year-old woman and 19-year-old man, were taken to University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock.
A 54-year-old woman, 13-year-old female and 15-year-old male, who were in the other car, a Nissan Qashqai, were also taken to the same hospital.
The road remains closed as this time and officers in Ayrshire are appealing for information following the fatal crash.
Road Policing Inspector Craig Beaver said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Lewis at this very difficult time. Officers will continue to offer support as our enquiries continue into the circumstances of the crash.
“To allow us to establish exactly that happened, I’m appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
“Perhaps you were on the road and saw the cars prior to the crash? Do you have dashcam footage of the area around the time?”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 2802 of 10 October, 2023.
It comes just weeks after nine-year-old Naomi Ferrans was struck by a tractor while riding her bicycle in the town.
Emergency services attended but she was pronounced dead on Monday, September 18.
An urgent meeting on the safety of the A76 road was cancelled after Naomi’s death on the same day.
East Ayrshire Council had arranged to meet at the child’s primary school in New Cumnock to discuss concerns with the road, which runs through the village.
Those talks were organised after another child was hit by a vehicle the previous week.
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