A Rutherglen bar owner and his family had a lucky escape when a woman ploughed her car into a group of pedestrians on LasVegas’s main strip on Sunday night.
Alex McDowall and his wife and children were returning to their hotel when they came across the carnage.
A Rutherglen bar owner and his family had a lucky escape when a woman ploughed her car into a group of pedestrians on Las Vegas’s main strip on Sunday night.
Alex McDowall (44), who owns Harley’s Sky Bar on the Main Street, had been in the US city with his wife Jill (40) and children Alex Marie (15) and Ben (11).
They were heading back to their own hotel just yards away from where a 24 year old driver crashed onto the sidewalk outside the Paris Hotel, killing one person and injuring a further 36.
When they arrived on the street, they were confronted by dozens of police cars.
The incident left the family shaken, and resulted in them spending the last night of their dream holiday in their hotel.
Describing the moment they returned to their hotel, Alex said: “We were only five minutes away as we were just heading back.
“I had my kids with me so I tried to keep them away from it, but there must have been about 30 ambulances and countless cop cars, a large fire engine too which I can only presume was to lift the car off someone.
“The street was completely shut off which stopped us getting back to (their hotel) Mirage.”
Speaking from Las Vegas just before they flew home on Monday afternoon, Alex added: “We are about four hotels down from it.
“The road reopened a wee bit earlier but it seems quiet, supposedly this happened in 2005 and four or five were killed then.
“To be honest there’s that much going on over here you don’t know what’s real and what’s not.”
Given recent events in Paris, speculation was rife that it may have been a terrorist attack. Police have now ruled that out, although they do think it was a deliberate attack.
But former Trinity High pupil Alex and his family didn’t knew that at the time, and he admitted the thought did cross their minds.
He said: “When we first saw the commotion it was outside the Paris hotel and my wife mentioned that she hoped it wasn’t the same as the Paris attacks, it was scary stuff.
“A few people made comments that there was mention of shots fired but that wasn’t true.
“To be honest, my first thought was to get my family out the road.
“Everyone was standing on glassfronted bridges watching what was going on, if there had been some sort of terrorist attack the glass would’ve been first to go.
“The strange thing was, much as there was massive carnage, there were still lots of people going about their business in party mode, it was strange.”
The person killed was an adult but witnesses say those hit by the car also included children.
Three people were stillin a critical condition on Tuesday, according to officials.
Lakeisha Holloway from Oregon is expected to be charged with murder.
There must have been about 30 ambulances and countless cop cars, a large fire engine too
Incident The scene close to where the McDowall’s were staying after Sunday night’s crash and (right) the family from left - Alex Marie, Ben, Jill and Alex in Las Vegas