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Road Closed Due To Accident


07/01/16


























A 30-year-old man was taken to hospital following a road crash on Hamilton’s Carlisle Road.

Police, fire and ambulance services arrived at the scene 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 the block of flats.


One resident, of Carlisle Road, explained: “I was actually having a bit of a longer lie in this morning and was woken by a muffled 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.”


The road was closed off for a number of hours to allow police, fire and ambulance to assist.

Inspector Scott McCarren at Hamilton Police said: “We received a call to assist at a road traffic accident at around 9.40am. A 30-year-old man was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment to his injuries. Enquiries are ongoing into the incident.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended a road traffic collision involving one car on Carlisle Road, Hamilton earlier today. Four appliances, including two from Hamilton fire station, were sent to the scene by Johnstone Operations Control after the collision was reported at 9.45am. Working closely with Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service colleagues, firefighters managed to safely remove the trapped male driver by using hydraulic cutting gear to remove the roof of the vehicle. The casualty was passed onto the care of the Ambulance Service and has since been transferred to hospital."


A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: “We have closed the road to assist the police in response to an road traffic accident. The police will advise when the road is to be reopened. We will review the cause of the accident in discussion with the police following the conclusion of their investigations.”


A petition was launched in July last year by Hamilton woman Stephanie McIntosh following the death of Larkhall dance student Karen Gibson after an incident slightly further along Carlisle Road. More than 3500 people have signed a petition which would see the speed limit on Carlisle Road, Hamilton, being slashed by 20mph.

Stephanie, who lives on Carlisle Road, Ferniegair, with her two young children aged five and one, decided to launch the petition after she witnessed numerous road crashes on the stretch of the busy road.


A formal speed limit review of the A72/B7078 Carlisle Road took place in 2011 and a reduction from 60mph to 50mph took place in 2012.