SON, 11, HELPS FREE DAD IN CAR WRECK Motor shunted into home after collision
STUART HAILED A HERO
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