Campaign to reduce crashes
Changes at blackspot
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