On Friday 10th November 1939, forty seven year old Alexander McFarlane was killed at Blantyre’s Priory Bridge. The man who resided at 21 Craig Street had been walking home and was killed outright when run down by a stray motor car. The scene was at the old Priory Bridge crossing the River Calder from Blantyre to Cambuslang on the Glasgow Road.
An Evening Telegraph report hints that the vehicle driver may have blacked out, making the circumstances all more tragic. This would appear to have been an accident caused by the car driver losing awareness or consciousness and ploughing into an innocent pedestrian.
Pictured is Priory Bridge by Jim Brown in 2007.