Former Ladybank golfer survives horror road smash

LADYBANK-born golfer Dale Reid has told how she was lucky to escape with cuts and bruises after being involved in a horrific fatal car crash in Australia.

The 51-year-old former champion player was a passenger in a truck that collided head-on with a four-wheel drive in Queensland in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 31-year-old driver of the four-wheel drive died in the accident along with an eight-year-old boy who was travelling with him, while a four-year-old girl is believed to have subsequently died from her injuries. The fourth passenger, a woman of 26, sustained serious injuries.

Ms Reid, who moved to Australia just three months ago, was transporting furniture to the new home she is to share with her long-term partner Corinne Dibnah, also a champion golfer.

She was travelling in the front seat of the truck, between the 48-year-old driver and his 18-year-old son, on the notorious Bruce Highway north of Brisbane when the crash happened.

The driver, a family friend, was also airlifted to hospital but was later taken off the critical list.

Ms Reid's sister Valda Wicks still lives in Ladybank with her husband Roy, who told the Fife Herald this week that his sister-in-law had been discharged from hospital but was still traumatised and was suffering flashbacks.

She had severe cuts and bruising after being dragged along the road on her back and it was thought that she had broken some bones in her hand.

"Dale still doesn't know what happened," said Mr Wicks.

Read more in this week's Fife Herald.