Two killed hours apart on notorious death crash roads


TWO people have been killed in separate accidents just 26 miles and eight hours apart.

A teenage girl died following a one car crash on the road from Penicuik, Midlothian to Peebles in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday night.

Lisa Anne Laurie was killed after her black Renault Clio careered into a field on a stretch of road running from Penicuik, Midlothian to Peebles in the Borders.


Lisa Laurie died after her car careered into a fiel

Ambulance crews fought to save her but the 19-year-old, from Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to a fatal RTC on the A703, just south of Leadburn at 21.29.

“It was a one car RTC. There was a female fatality, 19 years old. She was unconscious and unresponsive and ambulance crews administered full CPR.”

Police say Ms Laurie had lost control while negotiating a left hand bend approximately 30 metres north of a junction into Kingside Farm, Peebles.

A spokesman confirmed the she had died at the scene.

He said: “The vehicle left the road and went into a field. You can only speculate the driver lost control.”

Just hours earlier a Canadian woman died in a two-car incident on the A701, which runs between Peebles and Moffat.

At around 1.20pm a northbound Dodge Caliber collided with a southbound Peugeot 5008.

Murielle Joanisse Vaillani, 57, who was a passenger in the Peugeot died at the scene.

She and her 59-year-old husband, who is being treated for shock in hospital, are from Gatineau in Quebec.

The driver of the Dodge Caliber, a 39-year-old man, was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary suffering numerous fractures and other injuries, and he is currently in a stable condition in hospital.

Police are looking to trace two female motorcyclists who helped before emergency services arrived.

A police spokesman said: “Both motorcycles had foreign plates, and we are appealing to both women to get in touch with police so that they can assist our inquiries.”

Both roads have been the scene of several serious crashes over the years, with an area known as the Leadburn junction, where the A703  diverges from the A701, being particularly notorious.

The Leadburn junction, three and a half miles from the Midlothian town, was the scene of the destruction of one of Scotland’s oldest pubs when a driver careered into the building in 2005.

The crash caused the Leadburn Inn, built in 1777, to catch fire, killing the driver and gutting the bar.

In 2002 top BBC radio presenter Neville Garden, 66, was killed and his then-11-year-old daughter injured when his Toyota Corolla collided head-on with a Volvo.

Paramedics tried to save the dad of six, but he was declared dead at the scene.

And last January two police officers were rushed to hospital after their car crashed into a field on the A703.

The Volvo patrol car careered across the carriageway and landed on its roof.

Just days before two car crashed in the space of three hours left one man dead and five injured.

A 20-year old man died and a woman and man were injured after a Vauxhall Corsa collided with a Mitsubishi L200 Warrior.

Less than three hours earlier another two-car crash happened 15 miles away from the first and left three other people in hospital.

On August 30, 2011, a woman had to be freed from wreckage following a four-car pile-up at Leadburn junction. Firefighters used cutting equipment to release the woman, who was in her 50s, and who was feared to have suffered spinal injuries in the crash.

In January 2010, an 87-year-old woman was killed after her car collided with a van.

In January this year, it was announced that new safety measures were to be intoroduced at the notorious Leadburn junction, including a 40mph speed limit rumble strips and speed- activated warning signs.

Local residents report that accidents at the blackspot happen as often as one a week.