Lucky to be alive

two brothers admit they are lucky to be alive after being pulled from the wreckage of their car.

Craig Park suffered a serious neck injury and brother Cameron was treated for cuts and bruising after a lorry crashed into the back of their Suzuki Swift.

This week dad Kenny spoke of the family’s relief that the teenagers survived the horror collision on May 30.

Craig (19) and 18-year-old Cameron are church members at Roman Road Hall in Motherwell where they are active in a praise band and a youth club.

Craig is studying sports coaching and as part of his course has been working with youngsters at Motherwell FC.

However, his career plans might have to be put on hold as he has been told to wear a neck brace for 12 weeks and warned to stay away from contact sports for a year.

The brothers had enjoyed a weekend with their dad and mum Aileen at a caravan in Perthshire and left their parents to return home to Larkhall.

The crash happened as they approached roadworks on the A9, near Dunblane. Their car was hit from behind by a lorry.

X-rays revealed Craig had a broken bone in his neck as well as fractures to his cheekbone and hand, and bruising to his lung. He also had around a dozen stitches put in cuts to his face.

Craig was transferred to the specialist spinal unit at Glasgow Southern General Hospital where he spent a week.

Cameron needed 17 staples in head wounds and suffered bruising to his hips and pelvis.

Mr Park saud: “The boys are just thankful they got out alive.

“We’re all grateful to God that their lives have been spared and to everyone who has offered support and sent messages.

“The boys are recovering and the prayers of many people are being answered.”

For full story see this week’s Motherwell Times.