Two in­jured as prison vans col­lide

In­jured prisoners taken to hos­pi­tal

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jen­nifer Mckier­nan jm­ck­ier­

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.

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