A TEENAGE boy has died after a car crashed into a tree in the early hours in South Lanarkshire.

Police Scotland said the incident happened in Lesmahagow at around 2.20am on Sunday and that three others in the car were rushed to hospital.

Officers were called after a blue BMW 1 series car was travelling northbound on New Trows Road, near Hollandbush Golf Club, when it left the carriageway and smashed into a tree.

Emergency services attended and found four people in the car.

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The 16-year-old male in the passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and two other passengers were injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

Staff describe their condition as serious, but stable, at this time.

The road was closed for around six hours while investigations were carried out.

A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

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Sergeant Ryan McAuley, at the Road Policing Unit in Motherwell, said: “An investigation is currently underway to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this incident and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the crash or anyone who may have seen the car immediately before the crash occurred to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at the Road Policing Unit in Motherwell via telephone number 101 and quoting incident number 0663 of February 10, 2019.