Firefighters called to road incidents
28 May 2013
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews respond to collisions across the west of Scotland.
Firefighters were called to several incidents on roads across the west of Scotland over the past 24 hours, with crews from Glasgow, South Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway responding to requests for help.
No-one was seriously injured in the collisions but three people were hospitalised for precautionary check-ups. Firefighters were needed to make the scenes safe and ensure those involved were given immediate medical assessment while awaiting the arrival of ambulances.
Two separate incidents took place on the M74 motorway, with a three-car collision seeing an adult and three children helped by firefighters prior to the arrival of paramedics.
The incident, which took place on the M74 southbound between junctions 12 and 13 and saw an appliance from Douglas in attendance, did not cause significant injury and none of those involved required further treatment.
Dumfries and Galloway crews from Moffat and Abington were also involved at an incident on the M74, with a one-car collision taking place near to Junction 15 around 6:30pm Monday (May 27). Firefighters used equipment from the appliances to disconnect a battery and make the vehicle safe.
Incidents were not confined to rural stretches of motorway as Glasgow crews were called to incidents across the city.
Two women were taken for assessment at the Western Infirmary after a collision on Observatory Road in the city’s West End. The incident took place around 6am Tuesday (May 28) and saw two Scottish Fire and Rescue Service appliances sent from nearby Maryhill Community Fire Station.
Crews from Pollok and Barrhead had also been in action Monday afternoon (May 27) when a car crashed into a garden in Pollok. A man taken to the Victoria Infirmary as a precaution following the crash, which occurred around 3:20pm.
As the west of Scotland experiences variable weather, firefighters are clear on the need for all motorists to take care on the roads.
A spokesperson for SFRS said: “In recent days we have seen how the weather can quickly change and so drivers need to be aware there is the potential to be caught out by conditions.
“Bright, low-level sunshine can obscure a driver’s vision and lead to accidents – with reflected glare from surface water something for all road users to bear in mind.
“We have also seen sudden downpours and the heavy showers result in slippery conditions, as well as visibility issues as vehicles ahead spray water vapour into the air.
“The advice for all drivers is to drive at a safe speed within the limit, plan ahead, leave yourself time to complete your journey safely, and anticipate the actions of other road users.”