Van driver dies at scene following crash with tractor

A 28-year-old man suffered fatal injuries during the road smash in North Lanarkshire.

A man has died after the van he was driving collided with a tractor on a road in North Lanarkshire.

The 28-year-old was in a black Vauxhall combo van when it crashed with a green CLAAS tractor pulling a red trailer on the B7066 at around 9.35am on Monday.

Emergency services attended but the van driver was pronounced dead at the scene on the Glasgow and Edinburgh Road, at the junction with Bothwellshields Road near Newhouse.

The road was closed for eight hours while officers investigated, reopening at around 5.30pm.

Police said a second tractor, a green and yellow John Deer drawing a trailer, also travelling at the time of the incident but was not involved in the crash.

Neither tractor driver was injured. The driver of the CLAAS tractor was arrested at the scene and was released pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Craig McDonald, of Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit based in Motherwell, said: “Our thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of the man who lost his life in this crash.

“Our investigation into how the crash happened is ongoing and to assist with that I’d ask anyone that may have witnessed the crash, or the vehicles beforehand, to get in touch with police.

“I would appeal to drivers with dash cam who were in the area around the time of the collision to check their systems for any relevant footage which may be of assistance.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 0656 of April 12.

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