On Saturday 20th July 1935, five persons had miraculous escape from serious injuries in a remarkable bus accident near Dunallan Loop, Glasgow Road, Blantyre. A Central S.M.T. bus proceeding from Glasgow to Hamilton turned over on its side after coming into collision with a tramcars electric standard on Saturday morning. The ‘bus was thrown over on its side and badly wrecked, both sets of wheels being wrenched off, while the standard was demolished. The accident happened outside a 2 storey building in Glasgow Road near what is the junction of Coatshill Avenue.
The driver, Andrew M’Cusker, of Motherwell, was imprisoned in the wreckage of his cabin, bnt escaped with slight injuries. A passenger on passing ’bus —Henry Connor (28), 564 Gallowgate, Glasgow—had his left leg lacerated when attempting to rescue M’Cusker. The conductress of the damaged bus. Miss Cathie Reid (23), Orbiston, Bellshill, suffered from severe shock.
Fortunately the injuries to the passengers, caused mainly by broken glass, were not of serious nature, and they were able to proceed home, as were also the driver and conductress. It was little short of miracle that those travelling in the vehicle did not receive injuries of a more serious nature. Eye-witnesses stated that the ‘bus was not travelling at a quick pace and that prior to the accident the framework of the vehicle quivered visibly, the rear portion rising about foot from the ground and then toppling over. There were oniy three passengers in the bus. Miss Nancy Welsh. Craigrock Cottage, Blantyre, sustained a bruise over the eye and suffered from shock. Mrs M’Lean, 16 Braeside Avenue, Rutherglen, had injuries to arm and shoulder and shock, and Miss Jessie Kirk. 18 Park street, Cambuslang, suffered from leg and ankle injuries.
Pictured is the actual crash in Glasgow Road.