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More Outcry Over Speed Limits
Fresh calls were made this week for a safety review of an accident blackspot following another road crash.
A 30-year-old man was taken to hospital last on January 7th, after an incident on Hamilton’s busy Carlisle Road. In July last year, Larkhall dance student Karen Gibson lost her life on the same stretch of road.
Police, fire and ambulance services arrived at the scene last week after being called to the incident just after 10am.
Residents say they heard a “loud bang” outside their flats and looked out to find a blue Subaru positioned on its side just yards away from a block of flats.
Carlisle Road resident James McCorgray explained: “I was actually having a bit of a longer lie in that morning and was woken by a loud bang.
“At first, I thought it was the noise from upstairs and didn’t think anything of it. Then I heard the sirens a short time later and when I looked out I saw the car on its side.
“The fence outside our flats is completely crushed. This is the second road crash to happen on this spot in just a few months.
“Something has to be done to make the road safer, the speed limit on the road has to be lower.”
The road was closed off for a number of hours to allow police, fire and ambulance to assist.
Many took to social media to voice their concerns about the road.
Heather Good posted: “It’s not nice at all. I live in these flats and the amount of accidents is ridiculous. This (car) nearly went into our house. Thank God my child, or my friends and neighbours were unhurt.”
Ian Kelly said: “Moved here just over a year ago, can’t believe how many accidents there are on this small stretch of road.
“The junction at Lanark Road end is an accident waiting to happen. Turning on to a 50mph road at an almost blind bend is crazy.”
Following the death of Larkhall’s Karen Gibson in July last year, Carlisle Road resident Stephanie McIntosh set up a petition which called for the speed limit on the Hamilton route to be slashed by 20mph.
Speaking about last Thursday’s incident, Stephanie said: “Yet another accident outside my home. My position remains the same — something has to be done to reduce the speed limit on the road.”
More than 3500 people have signed Stephanie’s petition, which can be found at www.change.org/p/south-lanarkshire-council-reduce-carlisle-road-between-larkhall-and-ferniegair-to-a-30mph-instead-of-50mph.
Karen’s mum Sandra also put out a heartfelt appeal to council bosses to take action on the road to make the route safer after her daughter was involved in a road traffic incident just a few yards along from where last Thursday’s incident took place.
South Lanarkshire Council’s head of roads and transportation, Gordon Mackay, said: “The council are aware of the recent incident and understands that police investigations into the circumstances are still ongoing. It would therefore be too early to prejudge the outcome of these investigations.
“Police Scotland accident records, to the end of November for the preceding three years, show that there have been no recorded injury accidents at the site of the incident last week.
“Once full details are available, then the council will be, in consultation with Police Scotland, reviewing this section of road and considering a number of factors including the accident history and the appropriate speed limit to determine what action, if any, is appropriate.”
Inspector Scott McCarren at Hamilton Police said: “We received a call to assist at a road traffic accident last Thursday at around 9.40am. A 30-year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to this incident.”