Shortly after five o’clock on Friday 7th January 1938, a fatality occurred on Glasgow road at Blantyre, when Joseph Meechan (7), residing with his grandparents, Mr and Mrs John Meechan, 6 Alpine Street, Blantyre, was instantly killed. The boy darted across the road, and within 50 yards of his home was knocked down by a heavy motor lorry. The body was removed to the mortuary at Blantyre Police Office.
This sad tale comes just a year or so after this photo was taken nearby. It was a time when the tramlanes had been removed in Glasgow Road, opening up to further traffic. (The tram overhead poles remained for a little time after)
This was clearly an accident blackspot. Just 5 months earlier in August 1937, a big holiday crowd in Glasgow Road, one Saturday night saw a three year old child run into the street to his death. James Allen, son of a miner, of Alpine Street, Blantyre, scampered off the pavement into the road and was knocked down by a double-decked bus.
James is pictured on the left, shortly before the accident.