Cam­paign to re­duce crashes

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Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Leona Greenan

The best friend of a young Larkhall woman who was killed in a car crash has praised a road safety cam­paign led by her pal’s mum.

Karen Gib­son was killed in a road ac­ci­dent on the A72/B7078 Carlisle Road in July 2015.

Since then, Karen’s mum San­dra has bat­tled the au­thor­i­ties to make the ac­ci­dent blackspot safer for other mo­torists.

And this week Alysha Nabi walked with San­dra to the spot where Karen crashed and watched as resur­fac­ing added a top layer that of­fers a higher re­sis­tance to skid­ding than a stan­dard stone.

Alysha said: “Over three years ago, I lost my best friend Karen on this road.

“Karen’s mum San­dra has fought so hard over the years with the road de­part­ments to do some­thing about this stretch as there have been many crashes on it both be­fore and after Karen’s ac­ci­dent.

“Re­cently, San­dra and I took a stroll down to the site where Karen crashed and we were amazed at how much work and ef­fort is go­ing into mak­ing the road safer.

“All I can say is this is all for you Karen – your mum has done a won­der­ful job cam­paign­ing for stricter road safety mea­sures.”

Since the hor­ren­dous in­ci­dent, Karen’s heart­bro­ken mum San­dra has asked South La­nark­shire Coun­cil sev­eral times to take ac­tion to pre­vent fur­ther ac­ci­dents.

Her per­sis­tence led to the lo­cal author­ity re­duc­ing the speed limit on the road from 50mph to 40mph, be­fore they fi­nally agreed to carry out the resur­fac­ing works in a bid to re­duce the num­ber of ac­ci­dents on Road.

San­dra this week said that she had to see the resur­fac­ing work be­ing done with her own eyes.

She said: “Fi­nally, they (South La­nark­shire Coun­cil) are tak­ing note and do­ing some­thing to pre­vent fur­ther lives be­ing lost on that road.

“It was some­thing I had to wit­ness with my own eyes – and I’m glad we’re mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion with road safety mea­sures.”

Dis­ney dancer Karen was crit­i­cally in­jured when her car ca­reered off the Carlisle Road, near to Al­lan­ton Ter­race, Hamil­ton, in July 2015.

She was taken to Wishaw General Hos­pi­tal then trans­ferred to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow, where she bat­tled for two days to sur­vive be­fore her life-sup­port sys­tem was switched off. Carlisle

San­dra has fought so hard over the years

Road San­dra at the scene and with daugh­ter Karen

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