Crash lat­est

Con­trac­tors equip­ment not in­volved in col­li­sion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

The tragic ac­ci­dent that killed a 60-year-old man on Fern­hill Road last week was not con­nected with work on the Cathkin Re­lief Road.

Fran­cis Mooney died af­ter a trac­tor, pulling a low-loader with a dig­ger on top, crashed into a car last Tues­day.

The tragic ac­ci­dent on Fern­hill Road which saw one man killed last Tues­day, May 24, was in no way re­lated to the build­ing of the Cathkin Re­lief Road.

Fran­cis Mooney, 60, died af­ter a trac­tor pulling a low-loader with a dig­ger on top crashed into a car at 11:15am.

The impact of the crash re­port­edly forced the dig­ger to slide off the back of the lorry and on to the car.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at the en­trance to the works site for the Cathkin Re­lief Road, but the com­pany car­ry­ing out the works, Land Engi­neer­ing, say its staff and equip­ment were not in­volved.

A spokesman for Land Engi­neer­ing said: “This se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent on Fern­hill Road took place close to the bound­ary of our site where we are build­ing the new Cathkin Re­lief Road.

“We were deeply sad­dened to hear of the tragic out­come and our sin­cer­est sym­pa­thies are with the fam­i­lies and friends of all those af­fected.

“I can con­firm that none of our em­ploy­ees, ve­hi­cles, plant, equip­ment or sub con­trac­tors were in­volved in the in­ci­dent.”

Land Engi­neer­ing spoke out af­ter a num­ber of peo­ple took to so­cial me­dia to say the trac­tor had been turn­ing into the works site at the time of the crash.

Flo­ral trib­utes re­main near the en­trance to the site, pay­ing re­spect to Fran­cis, a lov­ing brother and un­cle.

Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed the 60 year old, be­lieved to be from Glas­gow, died at the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

The 25-year-old driver of the trac­tor, taken to Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, is un­der­stood to be in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Po­lice are still ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent to come for­ward and have erected signs on Fern­hill Road.

Sergeant Ali­son McAu­ley from the di­vi­sional road polic­ing unit based at Mother­well said: “En­quiries are on­go­ing to es­tab­lish the ex­act cir­cum­stances of this tragic in­ci­dent and I would con­tinue to ap­peal to any­one who wit­nessed what hap­pened to get in touch.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact of­fi­cers at the di­vi­sional road polic­ing unit based at Mother­well on 101.”

Five cars and a bus were also in­volved in the in­ci­dent how­ever no­body else was se­ri­ously in­jured and none of the ve­hi­cles were badly dam­aged.

Lov­ing Fran­cis Mooney was de­scribed as a lov­ing brother and un­cle in flo­ral trib­utes left at the scene

Tragic The crash oc­curred at 11.15am on May 24

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