Cyclist airlifted to hospital after A1 accident

A CYCLIST escaped serious injury after being knocked down by a car on the A1 Berwick bypass on Friday afternoon.

The 62 year-old woman, who has not been named but is from Berwick, was initially airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with suspected life threatening injuries.

However, it later emerged she had suffered cuts to the head and bruises in the accident which happened at about 3pm at the junction of the A1 with the B6461 Paxton road.

The A1 was closed for three hours, causing traffic chaos in Berwick town centre with long tailbacks north and southbound.

Inspector Martin Baylis said: "We were able to put our traffic management plan in place with northbound traffic diverted to Coldstream from the East Ord roundabout with southbound traffic coming through the town.

"However, there was severe congestion in and around Berwick which shows that the town can not cope with great volumes of traffic."

The problem was exacerbated when the air ambulance arrived at the scene only to be left grounded by mechanical trouble. It meant a second air ambulance was scrambled to attend with a resultant delay in the road being reopened.

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