TWO men died in a car crash on the M9 near Plean last weekend, police have confirmed.

The incident happened at around 6.50am on Saturday, 17 March, around one-mile east of the Bannockburn Interchange.

A grey Toyota Hilux type vehicle travelling eastbound left the road, coming to a stop in a field.

Two men were sadly pronounced dead at the scene and a third man was taken to the Forth Valley Royal Hospital by the Scottish Ambulance Service with minor injuries.

Officers attended along with other emergency services and the road was closed between junctions 8 and 9 for around 10 hours while investigations were conducted at the scene.

Sergeant David Marr of Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit based at Stirling said: “Tragically, as a result of this collision ,two people have lost their lives and our thoughts are with their friends and families at this time.

"I would ask anyone who was on the M9 immediately prior to the collision, or who witnessed what happened, to get in touch as soon as possible.

"I also would appeal to anyone who may have dash cam footage of the incident to come forward to assist with our investigations.

"Similarly, anyone with other information relevant to the inquiry is asked to contact us as soon as possible."

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 902 of 17 March, or report this anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.