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Inverness schoolgirl has lucky escape in Milton of Leys car accident

By Alasdair Fraser


An emergency calls operator found herself in a dramatic role reversal after witnessing a road accident involving a young girl in Inverness.

Milton of Leys resident Kellie Calder had to dial ambulance service colleagues after watching from an upstairs bedroom as a car hit the 11-year-old.

The Gaelic Primary School pupil was knocked in the air and landed on the road, luckily avoiding serious injury in the accident which happened at 4pm last Thursday.

Mum-of-two Mrs Calder, of Greenwood Gardens, said: “As the car overtook, the girl ran around the front of the bus to cross. She was heading home to Croy, but hopped off to give a friend keys they had mistakenly left on the bus.

“It is something I never want to see again. She struck the windscreen and went flying about eight feet in the air. How she is alive, I’ll never know.”

Mrs Calder, daughter-in-law of ex-Caley Thistle goalkeeping great Jim Calder, added: “I thought the girl would need resuscitation, but she was fully awake. The ambulance came very quickly. I’ve spoken to her mum and I’m just so relieved she is OK.

“No-one was to blame, but it is a reminder of how careful we all need to be.”

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