Woman hospitalised after car smash on icy road

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By Rory Reynolds

A WOMAN was in hospital last night after her car skidded on an “exceptionally” icy road and landed in a field.

The vehicle, described as a dark 4×4, was travelling on the A703 near to Peebles when the incident occurred just before midnight on Saturday.

The woman was rushed to the Borders General Hospital with spinal injuries, while her passenger escaped unharmed.

Jan Haydock, who runs Winkston Farm next to where the incident occurred, said: “My husband and I were driving along the road around midnight when we saw the emergency services’ flashing lights.

“A car seemed to have hit the fence and gone straight through into the field, it was a black or dark 4×4.“The road was gritted but it was very icy, I think it was -1C, and this is such an accident prone spot.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We attended a road traffic incident involving a single car on the A703 in Peebles near to the Rosetta Caravan Park.

“The car had come off the road and there were two casualties reported, a female with possibly spinal injuries and another patient uninjured.

“Both casualties were conscious and breathing, and one patient was taken to Borders General.

“The crew requested a gritter because the road was exceptionally icy.”

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue said: “We attended a road traffic accident involving one car on the A703 outside Winkstone Farm in Peebles.

“One female was removed from the vehicle and taken to the Borders General Hospital with spinal injuries.”

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