Couple cut from wreckage after van speeding at 70mph smashes into car then drives off

Lorraine Higgins’ son and his partner had left the nearby Steelworks Bar and Grill when they were hit by a silver transit van, which promptly fled the scene afterwards

The couple's crushed car following the horror hit-and-run crash
The couple’s crushed car following the horror hit-and-run crash

A mum whose son and his partner were cut from the wreckage of a car after a horror hit and run collision has spoken of the “horrendous” experience of seeing the wreckage.

The terrifying order took place on the evening of Sunday February 6, after Lorraine Higgins’ son and his partner had left the nearby Steelworks Bar and Grill.

As the couple’s car approached the roundabout on Airbles Road, the pair remembered seeing a silver transit van a safe distance away.

But they were left stunned when they saw the van speeding towards them before smashing into the right side of their car, the Daily Record reported.

The driver, who Lorraine has slammed as ‘scum’, fled the devastation at the scene without alerting emergency services.

Luckily, an ambulance had been en route to a call when they spotted the collision and came to the couple’s aid.

The driver of the van fled the devastation at the scene without alerting emergency services

“They said the minute they went to pull out, this driver put the foot down and was going about 70mph an hour and ‘deliberately’ smashed into them and was shouting something at them,” Lorraine said.

“They had plenty of time but the speed that he came flying up the road when she pulled out. He never stopped, he just kept driving.”

The 55-year-old mum, from Motherwell, arrived on the scene after her son phoned her from within the wreckage.

“Just minutes after a text from my son, I got a call and I could make out the words ‘Airbles Road’ and ‘crash’,” she recalled. “I was thinking ‘what had happened here?’, me and his dad jumped in the engine and flew up to the road.

“When I saw the car, I thought I had lost the two of them. Then I saw my son’s girlfriend and a paramedic was on the other side seeing my son but I couldn’t see that – that’s when I realized he was still in the car.”

Lorraine says the experience was ‘horrendous’ as she looked on helplessly.

Fire crews were drafted in to assist police and paramedics by cutting her son from the car – but she couldn’t bear to watch.

Her son, who had been the passenger, was rushed to hospital but was released in the early hours of Monday morning.

Despite the seriousness of the crash, the couple had a miraculous escape and are now recovering from painful bruising.

Lorraine said: “I still don’t know how they survived it. I’m still saying someone was watching the two of them that night.

“We’re just so angry with the driver.”

Police have launched a probe into the smash and are hunting the driver of a silver transit van who failed to stop.

Anyone with information about the collision, or dashcam footage, is being urged to come forward.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 7pm on Sunday, 6 February, officers were called to reports of a crash involving a car and a van on Airbles Road, Motherwell.

“The 23-year-old male passenger of the car was taken to University Hospital Wishaw.

“The silver transit van failed to stop.

“Anyone with information or dashcam footage is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference number 2891 of Sunday, 6 February, 2022.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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