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Police name man killed in Borders bus crash as 59-year-old Ross Jones Barker

Ross Jones Barker was killed in the accident (PA Wire / Police Scotland)
Ross Jones Barker was killed in the accident (PA Wire / Police Scotland)

POLICE have named a man who died in a minibus crash in the Scottish Borders.

59-year-old Ross Jones Barker, from Port Seton in East Lothian, was travelling to a day out at the races in Kelso with 22 other passengers when their bus overturned on the A6089 between Carfraemill and Gordon.

Mr Barker was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident, which happened at around 10.50am on Saturday.

Of the 23 other men also on board, aged between 24 and 75, fourteen were taken to Borders General Hospital, eight to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and one was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.

Six remain in hospital with serious injuries, but all are considered stable at this time.

A minibus is pulled out of a field on the A6089, between Carfraemill and Gordon (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

The road was closed in both directions until 9pm to allow the Road Policing Unit to conduct investigations at the scene and for the vehicle to be recovered.

Police say an investigation remains underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

Chief Inspector Steven Duncan of the Lothians & Scottish Borders Police Division said: “This has been an outing among friends and associates which has turned into tragedy.

“Our sympathies are with Ross’ family, who have respectfully requested privacy during this terrible ordeal as they try to come to terms with their loss. Our thoughts also remain with all those injured and their families.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues in the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, who provided vital help in responding to this incident.

“We’re also very grateful to the NHS, Scottish Borders Council and the public for their support of officers and all those affected.”