AN OCTOGENARIAN escaped uninjured after the car she was sitting in rolled off the road down a 30ft banking in the Ettrick Valley this week, writes Sally Gillespie.
A Blackpool man on his first visit to the area had stopped his car near Berrybush on the B709 on Tuesday evening to take a photograph. But when he did, the car, in which his 89-year-old mother was sitting, rolled away down the road and over the embankment.
Police, ambulance and fire services rushed to the scene. Ambulance and fire officers rescued the elderly woman from the car unharmed after Dorothy Stewart, of nearby Tushielaw Farm, had brought sleeping bags to keep the pair warm as they waited.
The mother and son are staying in a farm cottage at Cossarhill Farm where Daphne Jackson said: “They were badly shaken, but they are so grateful to Mrs Stewart for waiting with them and they kept telling me how kind everybody was to them.”
The couple arrived on Saturday and are due to leave at the weekend – and they plan to return despite their ordeal.