KIND-hearted community members delivered hundreds of bottles of water and snacks to drivers stuck inside their cars for hours after a serious crash during a heatwave.

An air ambulance was called to the scene of the incident on the M74, thought to involve one vehicle near to junction 20.

Emergency services were first called at around 4.45pm, with the road remaining closed until at least 9.30pm.

UPDATE: Police have confirmed a girl, 15, has been killed in the crash and a baby is among six others injured

Drivers, including former Scottish Labour MSP Hugh Henry and Sir Chris Hoy’s wife Sarra, praised members of the nearby village Kirkpatrick-Fleming, who brought water and food as parts of the country soared to near-record temperatures.


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It’s thought temperatures in the area was around 26C when people were stuck in traffic.

The former Renfrewshire South politician wrote online: “Stuck on the M74 north of Gretna for over two and a half hours.

“I’ve never seen so many emergency vehicles at one incident so it must be bad. I hope Traffic Scotland will liaise with Police Scotland to make sure anyone with young children gets access to water.”

He later added: “Thanks to those who helped out today on the M74. S

“Some drivers giving out water to others & kind hearted residents of Kirkpatrick-Fleming went out of their way to help drivers and passengers.

“Thinking of those hurt in crash. Remarkable response from emergency services.”

Sarra Hoy, wife of Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, tweeted: “Standstill M74 northbound, near Gretna, after what seems to be a dreadful accident. Not moving anytime soon.

“Lost track of the number of emergency vehicles we have seen and now air ambulance. Hoping everyone ok and so thankful for our incredible emergency services.”


She later added: “Going to be turned round shortly after almost four hours at a standstill. A huge operation.

“Thank you @policescotland and everyone involved. Praying and hoping for those involved in the accident.”

Stephen Muir, chairman of the village community council, was one of those who delivered essential items to those stuck on the motorway.

The 38-year-old said: “I delivered about 100 ice lollies, about 150 bottles of water, juice, apples, crisps donated by people within the village and local businesses.

“I am the chairman of the community council and we are a close community, (we) like to help each other.

“I work all over the country and have been stuck in many accidents with no food or anything to drink.

“From my house (I) could see a few children standing outside the vehicles with parents. It was 26C outside so felt it’s only right to go and offer help.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said last night: “We were alerted at 4.42pm on Wednesday to a report of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle on the M74 northbound between junctions 20 and 19 near Ecclefechan in Dumfries and Galloway.

“Operations control sent five appliances and special resources to the scene where crew remain in attendance.”

Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service have been contacted for comment.