Cyclist killed in collision near Pathhead

Members of the Pathhead Road Safety Action Group, including Bob Bertram (far left) on the A68 at the nothern end of Pathhead

Members of the Pathhead Road Safety Action Group, including Bob Bertram (far left) on the A68 at the nothern end of Pathhead

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The family of a Pathhead man killed in a road traffic collision just north of the village has paid tribute to the “loving husband and father”.

The collision occurred on the A68, near its junction with the A6093, at around 9.50am on Sunday. A Vauxhall Corsa travelling northbound was involved in a collision with a cyclist, also travelling north.

James Scott from Pathhead

James Scott from Pathhead

James Scott (50), from Pathhead, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A statement from James’ family said: “James was a very loving husband and father. He will be sorely missed.

“He would go out of his way to help anyone who needed it and had recently been nominated for employee of the month at work.”

Bob Bertram from the Pathhead Road Safety Action Group witnessed the scene shortly after the collision.

He said: “We were heading for the bypass and there was a queue of cars. We never saw the incident happen but we knew whatever was happening was obviously bad.

“Cars were getting turned around. As we turned I could see somebody getting CPR and so I knew it was a bad one.

“It’s really sad. Especially that it is somebody local.”

Mr Bertram is worried about the junction where the collision took place, known locally as ‘the monument’.

He said: “It is a bad one, it’s difficult for people approaching it on the A68, particularly if they are travelling south towards Pathhead.

“People edge out and misjudge the speed of the traffic. I know there has been a lot of near misses at that junction. I have seen it happen and I have done it myself. It’s easy to do.

“So there is concerns for that junction. I don’t know what the answer would be though. But there are concerns about that junction.”

Following the collision on Sunday morning the A68 was closed at its junctions with the A6093 and the B6372 and reopened at around 1pm.

Sgt Scott Sneddon of Trunk Road Policing said: “Our sincere condolences go to James’ family and friends at this very sad time.

“We are still keen to speak to anyone who saw the collision on the A68 on Sunday or who has information that can help us with our inquiries into this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.