Two injured as prison vans collide
Injured prisoners taken to hospital
TWO inmates were injured when two prison vans crashed in a North-east town.
Both men were taken to hospital in Aberdeen after the Reliance vehicles collided outside Stonehaven Sheriff Court.
A Reliance spokesman said the firm was today investigating the smash. “Two prisoners in one of the vehicles were taken to hospital by ambulance, accompanied by our staff,” he said.
The incident happened at the junction of Allardice Street and Dunnottar Avenue just after 1pm yesterday.
Queen’s Hotel manager Francis Forbes, 58, was on the street outside the hotel when she heard a bang.
Francis, pictured, said: “I almost jumped out of my skin. It was a real shunt the vans got.
“There was radiator fuel leaking out on to the road and I had to go out and sweep up lots of broken glass and debris because it was all over t he place.
“There was a big chunk of metal which broke off one of the vans which I moved so there wouldn’t be another accident.”
The smash came just after a man was sentenced to nine months behind bars at the town’s sheriff court.
Alexander Burke was locked up for attacking a 13-year-old boy with a baseball bat.
The 20-year-old was one of the men being escorted in the van to start his period of detention when the vans collided 100m from the court building. The vans, one with a smashed up bonnet, then headed back to the court building to wait for ambulance crews to arrive.
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said the casualties had been laid out on stretchers to avoid injuries to the neck or spine.
He said: “Two crews left the scene with two patients and took them to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. One had spinal injuries, although they are not believed to be serious.”
CRASH: Two Reliance prison vans collided close to Stonehaven Sheriff Court.