Three people injured in South Lanarkshire crash
19 December 2014
Firefighters assisted paramedics following single-vehicle collision.
A woman and two children were taken to hospital after a single-vehicle collision in South Lanarkshire on Tuesday afternoon (16 December).
Firefighters and paramedics responded to the incident on Shoulderrigg Road in Coalburn around 4:50pm, with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Lanark, Lesmahagow and Douglas attending following a call from ambulance control.
An SFRS spokesperson said: “When our crews arrived two children had been released from the vehicle by paramedics.
“Firefighters made the scene safe and assisted the ambulance team as they provided treatment to a woman who was still inside the car but wasn’t trapped. All three casualties were taken to Wishaw General Hospital.”
The road was significantly affected by black ice and one of the appliances sent to the incident skidded onto a grass verge around 150m from the scene. The firefighters on-board continued on foot to join their colleagues already in attendance.
Following the conclusion of the incident the appliance was recovered and returned to its station. It was not damaged and remained available for use.
The SFRS spokesperson added: “The fact the road was very icy meant emergency responders approached with extreme caution. Despite this, one of our three appliances slid off the road as it neared the scene and its crew proceeded on foot.
“This shows the danger winter weather poses to all road users – black ice is an issue for even highly trained and experienced drivers, but every motorist can take steps to reduce the risk something going wrong will end in a serious collision.
“By staying aware and always driving at a safe speed that’s not only within the limit but also appropriate to surface and weather conditions, drivers can reduce the risk of tragedies.”
Further advice on how motorists can stay safe this winter is available from Transport Scotland at www.transportscotland.gov.uk/ready-winter.