Mo­torists halt traf­fic to pre­vent crash tragedy

Ac­ci­dent on Stand­ing Stane road downs tele­graph pole

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CH­ERYL PEE­BLES

Quick-think­ing mo­torists stopped traf­fic and averted a dis­as­ter when a tele­graph pole crashed on to Fife’s Stand­ing Stane road fol­low­ing a crash.

The pole and ca­bling teetered over on to the busy road as ve­hi­cles headed to­wards it.

The driv­ers in­volved in the two-car col­li­sion and a lo­cal farmer rushed into the traf­fic to alert mo­torists and stopped a bus and other ve­hi­cles from driv­ing into the dan­ger zone.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on the A915 be­tween Kirk­caldy and Leven at Wells­green. The pole top­pled, bring­ing wires crash­ing down af­ter it, as the driv­ers were get­ting out of their cars.

Po­lice closed the road as emer­gency ser­vices dealt with the in­ci­dent and BT car­ried out re­pairs.

No one was hurt but the driv­ers were badly shaken.

Driv­ers who found them­selves caught up in yet an­other ac­ci­dent on Fife’s no­to­ri­ous Stand­ing Stane road averted a more se­ri­ous crash when a tele­graph pole top­pled and smashed across the car­riage­way

As the pole and ca­bling bounced pre­car­i­ously in front of on­com­ing ve­hi­cles and a bus, the quick-think­ing mo­torists ran into traf­fic to alert other road-users to the dan­ger.

The pole was hit af­ter a two-car crash on Satur­day on the A915 be­tween Kirk­caldy and Leven.

It came down af­ter the oc­cu­pants were out of their cars near the Wells­green Golf Range.

No one was hurt in the in­ci­dent but one of the good sa­mar­i­tans said the con­se­quences could have been far worse.

She said: “We had to run into traf­fic to stop it as the ca­bles and half the pole were bounc­ing in the air in front of traf­fic across both car­riage­ways.

“A farmer came out to help. We man­aged to stop a bus and other traf­fic to pre­vent the ac­ci­dent get­ting a lot more se­ri­ous.”

The woman, who did not want to be named, said no one was hurt but the driv­ers were badly shaken by the drama.

The ac­ci­dent, in­volv­ing a grey Golf GTI and a black BMW 3 se­ries, hap­pened shortly af­ter 7pm.

Po­lice and paramedics rushed to the scene and the road was closed as they dealt with the emer­gency.

The 60mph road, which has long straights and dips, has been the scene of nu­mer­ous ac­ci­dents over the years, in­clud­ing two fa­tal crashes in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber which claimed the lives of two teenagers and a young fa­ther.

In the wake of last year’s tragedies, a pe­ti­tion was launched call­ing for the speed limit to be re­duced to 40mph and for the route to be up­graded to a dual car­riage­way.

More than 2,000 peo­ple have signed it.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman gave an as­sur­ance that there had been no live wiring across the road dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

He said BT had been alerted straight away and the firm sent out en­gi­neers to deal with the dam­age and re­store the line.

John O’Brien, SNP coun­cil­lor for Buck­haven, Methil and We­myss vil­lages, has spo­ken out about the dan­gers of the road.

He also pre­vi­ously pledged a re­port into safety mea­sures along the route would be brought to Fife Coun­cil’s Leven­mouth area com­mit­tee early this year.

Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

The pole was hit af­ter a two-car col­li­sion on the A915 be­tween Kirk­caldy and Leven.

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