Man se­ri­ously in­jured in hor­ror road smash

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A Shotts man was rushed to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a car smash on Satur­day.

John Jo Leckie, a mem­ber of Shotts Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, was in­volved in the two car col­li­sion on the B7015 at the Head­less Cross junc­tion just after 1pm.

A Po l i c e S c o t l a n d spokesman con­firmed the 65- year- old was taken to Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw with “se­ri­ous but not lifethreat­en­ing in­juries”.

A state­ment on the com­mu­nity coun­cil Face­book page states: “Our thoughts are with the Leckie fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time. We wish John Jo a speedy re­cov­ery.”

Shotts in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Tommy Cochrane, pic­tured, has cam­paigned for im­prove­ments on the road for sev­eral years and has al­ready writ­ten to the coun­cil’s roads depart­ment and NLC’S new chief ex­ec­u­tive Des Mur­ray in the wake of the crash.

He said: “Since be­ing elected, I have lost count about the amount of times that I have com­plained about the de­sign of this junc­tion.

“A few years ago, both my­self and the then coun­cil­lor Char­lie Cef­ferty got so sick of noth­ing get­ting done about this road we took it to a full coun­cil meet­ing to have the speed limit dropped to help with all the bad junc­tions on this road.

“What makes this more per­sonal to me is that it in­volved a com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor.

“I don’t agree with him po­lit­i­cally but John Jo is a good man.

“This is the sec­ond time in about a year there has been sim­i­lar type of ac­ci­dent on this road un­der sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

“I would like to meet with the road en­gi­neers asap to dis­cuss this junc­tion.

“We will see what the op­tions are avail­able but I do want to see bet­ter sig­nage.

“If noth­ing hap­pens I’m go­ing to bring it back to a full coun­cil meet­ing again be­cause that junc­tion needs fixed.

“If the roads depart­ment aren’t go­ing to do any­thing about it then we will force them to do it.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son con­firmed they had re­ceived an email from Coun­cil­lor Cochrane in re­la­tion to the ac­ci­dent and would re­spond in due course.

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