Car ploughs into group of men in Fife town cen­tre

Driver spun out of con­trol on to pave­ment

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CH­ERYL PEE­BLES

A car ploughed into a group of pedes­tri­ans in St An­drews town cen­tre, in­jur­ing four of them.

The ve­hi­cle spun out of con­trol and mounted the pave­ment at the cor­ner of Church Street and Mar­ket Street.

The in­jured stu­dents were rushed to hospi­tal and treated for what po­lice de­scribed as mi­nor leg and back in­juries.

A man is to be re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened just be­fore mid­day yes­ter­day in front of hor­ri­fied shop­pers.

Shop owner Lind­sey Adam, who was among the first on the scene and di­alled 999 for help, said it was a “hor­ri­ble, hor­ri­ble ac­ci­dent”.

The Chi­nese stu­dents, on an ex­change pro­gramme with the Univer­sity of High­lands and Is­lands, were un­der­stood to be vis­it­ing the town for the day.

Four peo­ple were in­jured when a car mounted the pave­ment and ploughed into a group of stu­dents in St An­drews.

The men were taken to hospi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent just be­fore mid­day yes­ter­day.

They were part of a group of Chi­nese stu­dents on an ex­change pro­gramme with the Univer­sity of High­lands and Is­lands who were un­der­stood to be vis­it­ing St An­drews for the day.

Po­lice said the ca­su­al­ties were treated for mi­nor back and leg in­juries.

A man is to be re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal in con­nec­tion with the col­li­sion, which oc­curred at the cor­ner of Mar­ket Street and Church Street.

The street and sev­eral shops were closed for al­most two hours while around a dozen po­lice of­fi­cers and four am­bu­lance crews dealt with the emer­gency.

The VW Golf, which was left with a smashed wind­screen, then struck a ground level win­dow of the Bonkers gift shop, show­er­ing glass into the lower floor of the premises.

Shop owner Lind­sey Adam was down­stairs when the ve­hi­cle struck but said for­tu­nately no staff were stand­ing at the counter im­me­di­ately below the win­dow at the time.

She called an am­bu­lance and said: “It was a hor­ri­ble, hor­ri­ble ac­ci­dent.

“We didn’t see it hap­pen­ing but ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses the car came round the cor­ner, clipped the kerb, spun and crashed into peo­ple on the pave­ment.”

An­other wit­ness said he had never seen so many po­lice of­fi­cers at one time in the town and de­scribed those hurt as “walk­ing wounded”.

The group of around a dozen stu­dents were walk­ing in the town cen­tre with a UHI staff mem­ber be­fore, it is un­der­stood, they were due to at­tend a lec­ture at St An­drews Univer­sity.

A UHI spokesper­son said: “We were con­cerned to learn about the in­ci­dent which oc­curred to­day in­volv­ing ex­change stu­dents hosted by the univer­sity.

“We are work­ing to sup­port the stu­dents and staff who have been af­fected.”

Po­lice Scot­land has is­sued an ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion which may aid its in­quiry.

A spokes­woman said: “Po­lice in Fife were called to Church Street, St An­drews, fol­low­ing a road traf­fic col­li­sion. The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 11.45am on Fri­day Jan­uary 12 when a Volk­swa­gen Golf was in­volved in a col­li­sion.

“Po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices at­tended and four pedes­tri­ans were taken to hospi­tal for mi­nor in­juries.

“A man will be re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact of­fi­cers at Fife’s road polic­ing unit on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 1074 of Jan­uary 12.”

Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

The col­li­sion hap­pened at the cor­ner of Church Street and Mar­ket Street, in­jur­ing four stu­dents.

Po­lice seal off the scene of the ac­ci­dent, on the cor­ner of Mar­ket Street and Church Street.

Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

The pub­lic look on af­ter the VW Golf hit a shop front in St An­drews, in­jur­ing Chi­nese ex­change stu­dents.

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