Vegas luck

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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

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