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Although there are minor car accidents in Scotland every day, very few will ever make the news – perhaps only if they involve a celebrity or sports star; however, one road traffic incident made the news recently despite there being, as far as we know, no second vehicle or personal injury involved at all.

Yes, we're talking about the incident which saw a "dog taking control of a tractor" on the M74, just near J13 at Abington, South Lanarkshire. Apparently, the dog, a border collie called Don, had got a bit dozy and leaned on the tractor's controls, causing it to take to the road.

Fortunately, the dog-driven tractor did not result in a car accident in Scotland, or anywhere else for that matter – it's doubtful that Don would have had enough petrol to get far over the border even if he hadn't been stopped in his tracks by the small matter of a collision with the central reservation. Another plus is that Don was reported to be fine if a little shaken by his unexpected foray into the world of frontline farming.

It must have been a terrible shock for the farmer though; one minute he was checking on the spring lambs while behind his back a much larger and more unexpected problem was developing as Don engaged the controls, causing the tractor to crash through a fence and onto the M74.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, news of the bizarre Scottish accident set Twitter alight. "M74 (N) at J13 - Route is clear from earlier incident and dog is fine. Has to be the weirdest thing we have ever reported! No delays in area," tweeted police.


While this story is fairly humorous, most road traffic accidents are not. If you would like to consider your possible right to compensation following an accident in Scotland, click here for more information from Thompsons, Scotland's leading personal injury solicitors.

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