Elderly woman dies after car overturns and lands in Borders field

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An elderly woman has died, and another was taken to hospital, after a car overturned and landed in a field.

The silver Honda Jazz they were travelling in came off the A701 near West Linton in the Borders at around 11.50am on Wednesday.

The 86-year-old woman driving the northbound car was pronounced dead at the scene, Police Scotland said.

Her 84-year-old female passenger was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with non-life-threatening injuries.

The A701 was closed between the A72 at Blyth Bridge and the A721 at Kirkdean following the crash, but has since reopened.

Officers have urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Pc Paul Gibson, of the road policing unit, said: “Our condolences go to woman’s family and our thoughts remain with them, as well as her friend and passenger, at this sad time.

“As part of our investigation into this, we’d urge anyone who may have witnessed the car leave the road or who saw the car travelling in the area beforehand to get in touch with us.”