A YOUNG man has died following a crash on the M74 in the early hours of this morning.

The Evening Times previously reported how a section of the busy route was closed off until further notice following a serious accident.

Police Scotland has now confirmed a 29-year-old man died at Wishaw General Hospital after the accident.

The force said that, at around 2am, a blue-coloured Mazda Premacy was travelling south of the M74 when it veered off the road, near junction 13, close to Abington Services, and down an embankment.

Emergency services were alerted and the man was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The 25-year-old passenger in the vehicle sustained minor injuries.

Police are now appealing for information from the members of the public.

Sergeant John Tait, of the Road Police Unit, said: “We are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the M74 near to Abington in the early hours of this morning who may have seen this vehicle, or anyone who may have dashcam footage, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police via 101 quoting incident number 0185 as of Wednesday, December 5, 2018.