Woman miraculously escapes injury after head-on collision on Milngavie Road

Milngavie Road.
Milngavie Road.

A woman narrowly escaped serious injury last Friday evening (July 1) when she was involved in a car crash on Milngavie Road in Bearsden.

The woman, in her forties, from Milngavie miraculously escaped with just minor injuries - a neck sprain and bruising - after her Vauxhall Corsa car had a head-on collision with a 4x4 vehicle on the A81.

She says the other driver had become impatient while waiting behind a bus at a stop opposite the Burnbrae pub and he overtook on the wrong side of the road, driving straight into her path.

Just minutes before she had narrowly missed crashing into another car which had also overtaken the bus.

The Milngavie woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I slammed on my brakes when the first car came towards me.

“When the second car was also coming towards me I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I was driving in an invisible car!

“There was absolutely nothing that I could do to get out of the way.

“I was quite unwell afterwards, I was very upset and shaken.”

The woman was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where she was checked over and sent home later the same evening.

She added: “The new road layout means that the bus stops obstruct the road and motorists are forced to wait when they pick up passengers.

“It’s inevitable that people will become impatient and try to get past.

“I’d like to know how many accidents there have been since the new road layout.

“It seems to me that East Dunbartonshire Council has ruined a perfectly good road and made it unsafe for everyone - drivers and cyclists.”

The woman would also like to thank local residents who came to help her and called the emergency services.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “A road crash report has been submitted and enquiries are progressing.

“According to the description of events provided by the witness the accident appears to have been caused by driver error rather than the road layout in this instance.”

Thomas Glen, depute chief executive of East Dunbartonshire Council’s place, neighbourhood & corporate

assets, said: “It is inaccurate to suggest the road layout was a factor.

“Any individual becoming impatient and overtaking stationary vehicles when the road ahead is not sufficiently clear is not only breaching the Highway Code, but runs the risk of accident and injury to themselves and other road users.

“The road in question is used daily by many motorists without incident and like many roads in our own authority and elsewhere requires drivers to wait while buses or other vehicles are stopped. Any accident is between the two parties involved, and where necessary, Police Scotland.”