Car flipped af­ter road ac­ci­dent

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A car flipped onto its roof and skid­ded down a busy Cam­bus­lang street af­ter a road ac­ci­dent last Fri­day night.

Amaz­ingly, no one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent, which oc­cured around 8pm, when a red Mazda was driv­ing down Greenlees Road, to­wards Cam­bus­lang Main Street, when it was in col­li­sion with a ve­hi­cle ex­it­ing Brown­side Road.

The Mazda was turned onto its roof, and car­ried on mov­ing down the street, be­fore crash­ing into a bus stop and gar­den wall on the other side of the road.

Now res­i­dents in the area are call­ing on im­proved road safety mea­sures.

Res­i­dents of a Cam­bus­lang street fear some­one could be killed on Greenlees Road af­ter a hor­ror crash on Fri­day night.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 8pm when a red Mazda trav­el­ling down the road to­wards Cam­bus­lang was in col­li­sion with a ve­hi­cle ex­it­ing Brown­side Road.

The im­pact caused the Mazda to flip over and con­tinue down the street for 50 yards be­fore slam­ming into a bus stop and gar­den wall on the other side of the road.

Mirac­u­lously, no-one was se­ri­ously in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

But res­i­dents say the time has now come to bring in some form of traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures on Greenlees Road.

Par­ents op­posed to planned changes to sec­ondary school bus pro­vi­sion are also un­happy Greenlees Road has been deemed a “safe walk­ing route” for their kids by the coun­cil.

One lo­cal, who wit­nessed the af­ter­math of the smash, said: “The car was com­ing down the hill and another car was com­ing out of Brown­side Road and I think it was go­ing on to Vi­car­land Road.

“He’s hit the other car and came right across the road, tak­ing out the bus stop and smash­ing into the wall.

“If some­one had been wait­ing on a bus, they would have been look­ing down the hill and might not have seen it com­ing.

“If my kids, or any of the kids here, had been out walk­ing or play­ing then who knows what might have hap­pened.

“It’s ac­tu­ally worse here when the road is quiet be­cause peo­ple just come fly­ing down. When there is a bit of traf­fic it ac­tu­ally slows them down.

“We need traf­fic lights at the junction with Brown­side Road or at least speed cam­eras.”

Other peo­ple took to Face­book to com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

Kirsti McGin­lay said: “Lived there for 20 years and never saw any­thing as bad as that at our junction. Hope ev­ery­one es­caped un­scathed.”

And Mairi Bell wrote: “It has to be one of the worst junc­tions and I hope they re­alise that ac­tion has to be taken now that this has hap­pened!!!!”

Par­ents op­posed to school bus changes also pounced on the in­ci­dent as proof their kids were be­ing put in dan­ger by be­ing asked to walk to Cathkin or Stonelaw.

Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil­lor, Jackie Rinn said: “In the past I’ve seen cars com­ing down there at 60, even 70mph. If that had hap­pened and our kids had been walk­ing to school, they could have been killed.”

Po­lice con­firmed no-one was hurt in the crash and one per­son had been charged with care­less driv­ing.

Head of Roads and Trans­porta­tion at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil Gor­don Mackay said: “The coun­cil is aware of the in­ci­dent on Fri­day evening and will re­view the po­lice ac­ci­dent re­port when it is re­ceived.

“At that time, we will con­sider the pre­vi­ous ac­ci­dent history and any con­trib­u­tory fac­tors and will take ac­tion if it is felt ap­pro­pri­ate, in­clud­ing an as­sess­ment of whether ad­di­tional road safety mea­sures are re­quired.”

If that had hap­pened and our kids had been walk­ing to school, they could have been killed - Jackie Rinn

Ac­ci­dent The Mazda af­ter the in­ci­dent on Greenlees Road

Scene The red Mazda lies on its top af­ter the crash (left)

Dis­tance The car trav­elled 50 yards af­ter col­lid­ing with another ve­hi­cle (pic­tured above)

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