Burnside Primary pupil hit by car as parents voice fears
A child was hit by a car after running out from behind a parked bus at Burnside Primary’s temporary home on Crawfurd Road.
The incident was confirmed by South Lanarkshire Council days after parents of children attending the school said a youngster could be knocked down because the number of cars parked outside the school made crossing the road more difficult.
Similar to what many parents had feared, the pupil was hit after he/she walked out in front of a car from behind the bus dropping children off at their decant property, the former Spittal Primary.
Jim Gilhooly, executive director of education resource at South Lanarkshire Council, said the child was not seriously injured as there had been minimal contact.
He said:“There was an incident the week beginning January 11, 2016, where a child ran from behind the school bus, dropping off at Crawfurd Road, in front of a car.
“The child and the driver of the car were not injured.
“This incident was reported to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and the police were informed.
“The school has been working with pupils, parents and carers to promote road safety and to remind parents and carers to park safely when dropping off or collecting pupils from the school bus.”
The Reformer reported last week that Burnside parents had requested people transporting children to school do not park so close to the pick up point and bus stop as it was becoming increasingly dangerous for the dozens of children climbing on and off the bus at the start and end of the school day.
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council also confirmed it had not received a request for a school crossing patrol on Crawfurd Road, but stated any request for a new patroller would be assessed in line with current council criteria.