SON, 11, HELPS FREE DAD IN CAR WRECK Mo­tor shunted into home af­ter col­li­sion

STU­ART HAILED A HERO

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY PAUL RODGER re­[email protected]­lyrecord.co.uk

A QUICK-THINK­ING Scots school­boy saved his dad’s life by help­ing to cut him free af­ter a hor­ror smash.

Stu­art Pearce was pick­ing up his son Nathan from the 11-year-old’s mum’s house around 3pm on Fri­day when the freak col­li­sion took place.

The crash hap­pened on Carn­broe Road, Coat­bridge, La­nark­shire, af­ter a school bus drove away from a bus stop and struck the back of Stu­art’s parked Mazda, forc­ing his car into two bun­ga­lows.

Af­ter see­ing the smashed ve­hi­cle, Nathan rushed back in­side his mum’s house to get a knife to help cut his dad free from the wreck­age.

There were no pupils on the bus at the time of the crash and both Stu­art, 34, and the bus driver were treated for their in­juries.

Nathan’s mum, who asked not to be named, said: “We heard a bang and ran out and saw Stu­art’s car had hit the house.

“Nathan grabbed a knife to give to his dad so Stu­art could cut his seat­belt and crawl out of the car.

“His head was bleed­ing but we think he’ll be all right. He was taken to hospi­tal.” Stu­art’s dad said it was a “mir­a­cle” the crash oc­curred when it did, as it was the only night his youngest grand­son wasn’t in the back of the car.

He said: “Nor­mally when he picks Nathan up, Stu­art has his six-month-old with him, Harry.

“His car seat is ex­actly where the bus hit so he’d be dead, Nathan would be dead too.

“My wife and daugh­ter were at op­po­site ends of the street try­ing to get through but po­lice wouldn’t let them.

“All we were think­ing was, ‘Was Nathan in the car? Is Stu­art OK?’”

Yes­ter­day, Stu­art was in a sta­ble con­di­tion in hospi­tal. The cause of the crash is not yet known. It’s un­der­stood the house that re­ceived the most dam­age was empty.

SWIFT AC­TION Nathan rushed into his mum’s house and got a knife, so Stu­art could free him­self. Pic: Glas­gow Evening Times / SWNS CLEAN UP Res­cue ser­vices and me­chan­ics at­tend the scene SMASH Rub­ble out­side bun­ga­low

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