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Driver killed awaiting recovery vehicle

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Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident to contact them

A 42-year-old man has been killed in a crash while waiting in his car for a recovery vehicle to come to his aid.

The accident happened on the A1 south of Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders at about 1945 GMT on Wednesday.

The man had struck a sign post with his BMW and was waiting for a recovery truck when a lorry was in collision with his car.

The motorist was pronounced dead at the scene and the lorry driver was treated in hospital for minor injuries.

The A1 was closed for eight hours following the crash and reopened at 0345 GMT.

Conditions on the road had been dangerous for much of the day, with stretches closed, and vehicles getting stuck.

The route in the Borders is now open as normal, but driving conditions everywhere are said to be treacherous.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident to contact them.

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