Miracle escape as car flips in downpour

TORRENTIAL rain and gale force winds wreaked havoc across East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire.

One driver had a miracle escape when his car overturned.

The 38-year-old escaped with only slight injuries after the ordeal on the M73, near Gartcosh, on Thursday evening.

Firefighters believe the car may have aqua-planed on the motorway’s northbound carriageway before landing on its roof. The road was closed for 30 minutes following the accident.

The driver, who was unconscious, was cut from his car by firefighters and taken to Monklands Hospital.

The adverse weather conditions also caused havoc across East Dunbartonshire.

High winds and localised flooding over Thursday and Friday saw council workers called to numerous emergency incidents.

Trees were blown down in Langmuir Road and Waterside Road, in Kirkintilloch.

And a pothole on Balmuildy Road, in Bishopbriggs near Hilton Depot resulted in two cars suffering punctures tires.

There was also widespread flooding on the main road between Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld on Friday night, with some drivers stuck in jams.