SIX crashes were reported on the A68 in just over 72 hours during the cold weather spell last week.

At 4.20am on Monday January 16 lane restrictions were put in place in both directions near to Carfraemill following a one vehicle crash.

Later that morning two more collisions took place on the road which runs from the Edinburgh City Bypass to Darlington passing through the Borders towns of Lauder, Earlston, St Boswells and Jedburgh.

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The first took place between Pathhead and Fala Dam and the other between Fala Dam and Gilston.

Lane restrictions were also put in place for both.

Shortly after 2pm that a lorry carrying a number of mini tractor/diggers overturned on the A68 northbound between Byrness and Rochester in Northumberland.

At 9.30pm a road closure was put in place to safely remove the lorry and its cargo.

Police Scotland officers assisted with traffic management and diversions were put in place via the A6088.

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The following morning around 9.45am, the road was temporarily closed near Cleikimin north of Jedburgh following a three vehicle collision.

Then at 8.30am on Thursday morning, a three-vehicle crash between Earlston and the Ravenswood roundabout resulted in a man and woman being taken to the Borders General Hospital.

The road was closed for four hours to facilitate an investigation and recovery of the vehicles.

Elsewhere the A1 North of Eyemouth was closed for more than 10-hours following a crash between a truck and a lorry which left one man dead.

Other collisions were reported on the A7.

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Police Scotland’s Advice for drivers during winter:

Make sure your car is ready for winter

Check that your tyres, brakes, windscreens, wiper blades and windows are free from defects and clean

Drive to the road conditions. Road conditions can change without warning, stopping distances will be affected by the weather

Make sure your windows are clean and aren't misted up

Make sure there is no snow and ice on your windows before you drive

When the roads are icy, drive at a slow speed in a high gear

Accelerate and brake very gently

Driving distracted (for example, using a Sat Nav) can cause additional stress. It is dangerous to yourself, passengers and other road users.