Triple road crash tragedies prompt fresh call for safety improvements on Ayrshire roads

The A76 where two fatal crashes took place within the space of a few hours last Monday night. But death total for Ayrshire rose to  three, following another fatal crash, on the A713, on Thursday
-Credit: (Image: Dumfries Standard)

A call to improve the safety of Ayrshire's roads has been issued - after three men lost their lives last week in the space of 72 hours.

Two of the three tragedies took place on the A76 - just hours apart - with the third incident claiming the life of a man on the A713 Ayr to Castle Douglas road.

Now South Scotland Conservative List MSP, Sharon Dowey, is demanding action.

She said: “These roads must be fixed before any more lives are lost. The number of tragic accidents happening on these roads is absolutely horrendous. Driving on these roads is a serious safety risk and that must change urgently.”

The first tragedy unfolded around 6.55pm on Monday, May 20, when a 34 year-old motorcyclist died at the scene of the single vehicle crash on the A76 between Kilmarnock and Mauchline. He was later named as Tony Currie.

Tragic victim Tony Currie
Tragic victim Tony Currie -Credit:Submitted/Ayrshire Post /

Just hours later, a 43 year-old man lost his life following a fatal crash, again on the A76, just south of the B713 Catrine junction.

And on Thursday, May 23, the grim toll increased when a 49 year-old man died following a fatal crash on the A713 Ayr to Castle Douglas road, near the junction with the B742, Coylton to Dalrymple road.

This latest crash happened around 4.30pm and involved a black Tesla Model 3, a black Vauxhall Agila and a grey Audi Q4. The 49-year-old driver of the Tesla was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he later died. His next of kin have been informed.

The female driver of the Audi was taken to Ayr Hospital for treatment and then discharged. The male driver and female passenger in the Vauxhall did not require medical treatment.

Ms Dowey added: “I will continue to campaign relentlessly for the SNP Government to invest more resources towards improving the safety of local roads.”

South Scotland Conservative List MSP, Sharon Dowey
South Scotland Conservative List MSP, Sharon Dowey -Credit:UGC

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of those involved in these tragic incidents. As police investigations are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment in detail at this early stage. However, as part of standard policy, we will meet with Police Scotland and the road Operating Company, Amey, to obtain more detailed information, to ensure that if there are any actions, then they are taken forward.”

Last week’s road deaths preceded the start of three weeks of action from Police Scotland as they seek to encourage safe driving on Scotland’s roads. On Friday, the campaign started with a focus on motorcycle safety.

Chief Superintendent Hilary Sloan, head of Road Policing, said: “Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users and are disproportionately represented in the number of people killed on Scotland’s roads.

“The weekend of action is one of several approaches we are taking to engage with the motorcycling community to encourage safe and responsible riding, and we are asking them to share our advice with others.”

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