Drinkdriver hits bridge

Emer­gency work needed at site

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A bridge over a rail­way line in Cam­bus­lang re­quires emer­gency re­pairs af­ter a drunk driver ploughed his car into it on Satur­day night.

A bridge over a rail­way line in Cam­bus­lang re­quires emer­gency re­pairs af­ter a drunk driver ploughed his car into it on Satur­day night.

Res­i­dents near Croft Road in Cam­bus­lang re­ported the driver shortly af­ter 9.30pm.

The 31-year-old, who was al­legedly three times the drink drive limit, had crashed his red, Volk­swa­gen Golf where the road crosses the rail­way line.

Of­fi­cers at­tended and breathal­ysed him.

The driver, who is from Cam­bus­lang, was re­leased on an un­der­tak­ing and will ap­pear at court on a later date.

The col­li­sion dis­lodged parts of the bridge para­pet which fell close to the tracks be­low.

Net­work Rail have now been forced to move on site to make the bridge se­cure hav­ing car­ried out a tem­po­rary re­pair at the week­end.

Res­i­dents liv­ing nearby were sent let­ters this week telling them about the works, which will take place dur­ing the night un­til June 12.

Croft Road has also been re­duced to one lane with traf­fic man­age­ment in place. The in­ci­dent was one of two last week in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area and con­cerns have been raised that driv­ers con­tinue to ig­nore drink driv­ing laws.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent was at 4.30am on Sun­day morn­ing and in­volved two teenagers who stole a car from Carmyle Av­enue in Glas­gow be­fore driv­ing it to Ruther­glen.

Res­i­dents spot­ted the pair driv­ing a Volk­swa­gen Polo er­rat­i­cally and when po­lice ar­rived on the scene a chase en­sued.

They were even­tu­ally stopped at the Peking Palace on East Kil­bride Road.

A 16-year-old from East Kil­bride was charged with drink-driv­ing, theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, fail­ing to stop for po­lice and driv­ing with­out a valid driv­ing li­cence.

His 17-year-old pas­sen­ger, from Ruther­glen, was charged with theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Both were re­leased on an un­der­tak­ing and will ap­pear at court on a fu­ture date.

Their ar­rests come two weeks af­ter two other driv­ers were al­legedly caught drink driv­ing in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area within hours of each other.

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Col­li­sion The dam­age to the bridge can be clearly seen

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Di­ver­sion Croft Road re­duced to one lane for the work

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