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Dad Calls For Safety Measures


24/09/15


A dad has called for safety measures in Wishaw Main Street after his eight-year-old daughter was hit by a bus. The youngster is believed to have suffered a broken pelvis and severe bruising following the accident on the Main Street near its junction with Belhaven Terrace,

She was struck by a single decker as she crossed the busy road.

Now he has branded the Main Street a “disaster zone” and called for safety improvements.

Along with traders and business owners, the dad has urged the local authority to bring back the fencing around the pavements on the Main Street to prevent this type of incident from happening again.


This is the third serious road accident that has occurred in the town centre since the controversial Streetscape project began in 2012.

A 66-year-old was knocked down by a lorry on Wishaw Main Street in March. She sustained serious leg injuries and later died in hospital.


The father-of-six, said: “This was a tragic accident and I do not blame the bus driver in anyway. She had no chance of stopping before she hit my daughter. There is nothing to stop children from running onto the road and this needs to be dealt with as soon as possible .

“The place is a disaster zone.“


Emergency services attended the scene on Friday evening 18th September and the little girl was taken to Wishaw General Hospital. Medical staff initially described her condition as serious, but now she is in a stable condition.

Her dad says his daughter is on the mend and added: “She is recovering well and is fighting strong. This has affected us all deeply but we will carry on as a family and stay strong.

“I want to thank everyone for their well wishes. It means a lot to us and has helped us through the last few days.”


Willie Barrie, of Home to Home Property, said: “This has been going on for too long now.

“Someone needs to step up and sort this out. This is the third serious accident in less than a year. What more do they need to happen before they do something about it?

“They need to put the barriers back up to stop people from crossing where they like and children from running out.

“It’s very dangerous the way it has been left. I have witnessed several near- miss accidents.”


Inquiries into the incident are continuing and anyone with information which will assist the police can contact officers at Motherwell Road Policing Unit via 101.

A council spokesman said: “The accident is under police investigation. It would be inappropriate to comment until that is complete.”