BIKER FIGHTS FOR LIFE
Coma after horror crash
A Rutherglen man is fighting for his life after being involved in a motorcycle crash last week.
James Madden ( 47), of Kirkconnell Drive, was involved in the smash on Friday (September 4).
At around 7.30am James was riding his Aprilia motorbike when it collided with a Vauxhall Vivaro van on Croftfoot Road, at its junction with Bowhouse Drive. Emergency services attended and took James to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
He was moved to the Southern General and put in to a medically induced coma. His condition is described as serious.
The driver of the Vauxhall van
was uninjured but badly shaken as a result of the crash.
Former Spittal Primary pupil James works as an engineer for Glacier Energy Services.
He has lived in his house in Spittal since he was a boy and is hugely popular in the area.
His brother Stephen lives in Cambridge and drove straight to Glasgow to be by his side.
Stephen (45) said: “The police phoned me on Friday lunch time. I’m a lorry driver and was on the road but headed straight back up.
“Both his arms are shattered and he’s on a ventilator. The next few days are touch and go.”
James’ girlfriend Kate McPake, who stays on Glasgow Road, said: “I’ve known Jim for five years. I’m devastated and completely in shock. We just pray he’ll pull through.”
James, who attended Grange Secondary School in Castlemilk, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and although not currently a member of any clubs, he had been in the past.
Stephen also said one of James’ prized possessions is his collection of tropical fish. However, he has been unable to gain access to his brother’s house to feed them.
He added: “There are people coming round to his house to ask how he’s doing but I can’t get in as the police won’t give me the keys.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed police had been feeding James’ fish and that it was not normal procedure to give family members keys to their relation’s property.
They did add that if a family member needed something from the house police would accompany them and record anything that was taken.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash. Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.
People posted on James’ Facebook page after the incident wishing him well.
David Midi Middleton wrote: “Shocked to hear the news Mate get well soon we are all with 100 per cent”.
Christopher Ross wrote: “Hope you get better soon mate keep fighting”.
Last month Cambuslang biker Raymond Barrett lost his life after colliding with a bus on the A726 from East Kilbride to Chapelton.
Family James (right) and brother Stephen