1967 Stoneymeadow Crash


8-generals-bridge-top-copyOn Monday 16th January 1967, the first phase of the EK Expressway was still being constructed and as normal, traffic coming from East Kilbride could only get into Blantyre by the Stoneymeadow Road, the quickest route at the time.

That day, a lorry driver sped down the Stoneymeadow Road heading towards Blantyre and his lorry in icy conditions lost its grip with the road, swerving to the side and right through the stone wall on the west side of the General’s Bridge.

The lorry tumbled through the five foot high stonework and overturned falling a full 40 feet down to the river Calder below on the Crossbasket side, eventually coming to a rest upside down in the water!

The driver had a remarkable escape for during the accident, he was thrown clear of the vehicle landing on the river embankment and incredibly only suffered minor cuts and bruises.

The vehicle was salvaged from the river later that week and the county council repaired the wall at once to make the area “safe”. Today, the western parapet on Stoneymeadow Road still bears the mark of that accident by a short section on the approach to the bridge being visibly different from the rest of the older walls. The repaired section has a flat cope and is made of more modern stonework, by comparison to the round copes of the remaining three parapets.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017


On social media:

Jean McIntosh Cars still travel down Stoneymeadow at a very fast rate skidding on the bend before reaching the slip road ending up on the grass verge x
The Blantyre Project i heard that planning is being applied for a flyover from other end of Stoneymeadow over part of the golf course at EK, over the roundabout at Kingsgate retail park and out at Playsport.
Mike Sampaio Has the pavement has changed sides of the road ?
Andy Man Mike, that bottom picture has been taken as if you are going towards Blantyre, top one going towards E.K.

4 responses to “Welcome to the Blantyre Project

  1. Wilma and her parents lived next door to my sister Alice. Perfect neighbours and a lovely family. I remember Wilma from Calder Street school.
    Chatted with her parents a few times over the fence on some of my trips. 1982 when I was back for the Junior Cup final, which of course, the ‘VICS won! A bit more than a chat, more like a blether!

  2. I am in touch with Hughina now and again via e mail, I met up with Hughina a few years ago for lunch at the Avonbridge in Hamilton during one of my trips. A lovely lady.
    She has 2 sons who share my passion in football.

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