SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Jamie Hepburn has offered his condolences after news of a fatal car crash near the town of Cumbernauld.
Early reports indicate that three men have died on the stretch of road known locally as the Wilderness Brae. Another man who was seriously injured has been taken to Monklands Hospital in Airdrie.
The crash happened on a dual carriageway near the village area of Cumbernauld, in North Lanarkshire, at 12.45pm.
Commenting Mr Hepburn said:
“This is tragic news and I want to express my condolences the families of the victims at what I can only imagine must be a harrowing time for them all.
“Details are still emerging but it is already clear that this is a very serious incident.
“Unfortunately this is not the first time that there has been a serious accident on this stretch of road; indeed, these are not the first fatalities.
“While we must wait for further details to emerge, I will be writing to North Lanarkshire Council – not for the first time – about this stretch of road to request that they look at what further safety measures they can put in place at this location.”
Inspector Keith Prentice at the road policing unit at Motherwell is appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “The A8011 is a very busy stretch of road in Cumbernauld which links the town to the M80, and at the time of the crash it would have been busy with vehicles.
“I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the crash and who may have information that can assist with our enquiries to get in touch.”
The road remains closed in both directions and diversions have been put in place for motorists.