Grandfather’s relief as relatives survive collision with bus

Andy Walker
Andy Walker

A grandfather has spoken of his relief after two relatives miraculously survived being hit by a double decker bus at Pettycur Bay Caravan Park.

Ashley Walker (20) and her nephew Michael Walker (10), who suffered injuries in the horrific collision on Sunday evening, are both still in hospital but making an excellent recovery.

“Maybe the lucky number seven has something to do with it, because they were hit by the number seven,” said Andy Walker (58), who is father to Ashley and grandfather to Michael.

The pair, who live in Glasgow, had been staying with Mr Walker for a summer holiday and decided to visit the caravan park that evening.

“They had only been in the park for a wee while and were leaving when they saw a bus sitting, waiting to go to Kinghorn, at the bus stop,” Mr Walker explained.

“They thought they would check the buses going to Burntisland and crossed the road to look at the times - the next thing Ashley remembers is waking up in an ambulance.

“Alice, my missus, had her back to it - she just heard the screech and the bang.”

According to police, the pair had walked into the path of a Stagecoach bus travelling in the opposite direction on the main Burntisland to Kinghorn Road.

The force of the impact resulted in the front windscreen of the double decker being smashed.

But despite the worst fears of horrified by-standers, the pair did not sustain life threatening injuries.

“I reckon the bus had been slowing down when it hit them because, any faster, it would have wiped them out,” said Mr Walker

Emergency services were on the scene shortly after 5.50 p.m. and took the pair to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy where it was revealed Ashley had suffered a broken collar bone.

Michael was transferred to Yorkhill Children’s hospital, Glasgow later that evening as a precaution.

“He had a wee tear in one kidney and they wanted him under paediatric specialists just in case,” said his grandfather.

“He also suffered some facial injuries and a plastic surgeon will take care of those. There quite superficial and only need proper care.

“He’s eating, drinking and desperate to get out of bed but the doctors won’t let him!”

Police Scotland confirmed an investigation was still ongoing and were appealing for witnesses to call 101 with information.

A Stagecoach spokesman said: “Our immediate thoughts are for the welfare of the pedestrians injured. We will assist the police in any way we can.”

The road was closed on Sunday while emergency services were on the scene.