BIKER FIGHTS FOR LIFE

Coma af­ter hor­ror crash

Rutherglen Reformer - - FRONT PAGE - Will Hen­shaw

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

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