Diners rescue driver from car fire after A68 crash

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HOTEL diners rescued a man from his car after it caught fire following a collision on Saturday night.

The two car accident happened at around 7.45pm just outside the Stair Arms Hotel in Pathhead, Midlothian.

After colliding one of the vehicles caught fire, which quickly spread to the second car.

After witnessing the crash a number of people inside the hotel rushed to help those involved, pulling the driver from one of the cars.

Another four people were helped from the vehicles by customers from the hotel.

Three women, aged 83, 75, and 53, and two men aged 84 and 81, were all taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

It is not thought any of their injuries are life-threatening.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call just after 7.45pm to attend a two car Road Traffic Collision in Pathhead, just outside the Stair Arms Hotel.

“Crews were called from Dalkeith and Newcraighall to attend the incident.”

“Customers from the hotel rescued the driver from one of the cars and assisted the other passengers before we got there.

“Three females and two males were taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance.”