‘Miracle’ no-one was killed in horror Bute smash

Bute’s senior police officer says it was “a miracle” no-one was killed in a horror smash just outside Rothesay last week.

The island’s senior police officer, Inspector Gordon Anderson, told Bute Community Council that police planned to carry out extra analysis of suspected problem areas following the accident, which happened at around 10pm on Wednesday, September 12 on the B881 between Lochend and Kerrycrusach farms - a stretch known locally as ‘the West Road’.

In addition to the 14-year-old boy, who was airlifted to hospital on the mainland but is now recovering at home, four other people were taken to hospital locally following last week’s two-car collision, which is understood to have happened after one of the vehicles clipped a grass verge and overturned four times.

Two males, aged 17 and 22, have been charged with careless driving as a result of the accident.

The speed analysis equipment used by police does not record vehicle registration plates, but provides information on where and when drivers are most likely to break the speed limit, allowing officers to target known problem areas.

Inspector Anderson also told BCC members that earlier on the day of the accident, three separate drivers had been charged with speeding on Bute after being caught travelling at 47, 48 and 49 miles an hour in a 30mph zone.

“I went out to look at the locus [after the accident],” he said, “and how nobody lost their life is a miracle.

“We have put in speed analysing devices around the island in the past, but they were always in 30mph zones. We’re now going to put one in a 60mph zone.

“I won’t tell you where it is, but it will be going in this week.”