A WOMAN is fighting for her life after being injured in a sledging accident in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park.
She was taken to the nearby Western Infirmary but later transferred to the city’s Southern General Hospital following the accident on Sunday afternoon.
It is understood she suffered serious head injuries after crashing into a hedge.
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We attended the incident at around 3.30pm at the Kelvin Way entrance to the park. We have no further details on her injuries.”
With its long, steep banks, the park is a major draw during wintry conditions and it was busy on Sunday with families enjoying the snow. The incident was the second serious sledging-related accident in the west of Scotland over the weekend.
Also on Sunday, a nine-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being injured in Fenwick, East Ayrshire. He was taken to Crosshouse Hospital near Kilmarnock but his condition was not known last night.
As the biggest freeze of the winter gripped the country, there were also a number of car crashes.
Four pedestrians, all believed to be soldiers from Fort George Barracks near Inverness, were injured in a collision involving a car in nearby Ardersier yesterday morning.
The driver and the pedestrians were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by air and road ambulance. Their injuries were described as non life-threatening.
In a separate incident, firefighters used cutting gear to free a driver from the wreckage of a car following a crash involving a bus on the A95, near Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire.
Overnight, much of Scotland experienced sub-zero conditions. Temperatures fell to -12.5C at both Tulloch Bridge and Loch Glascarnoch in the Highlands yesterday morning, eclipsing the -9C at Cromdale, Moray, on Boxing Day.
Dario Negri, 52, and his wife Lesley, 47, who run the isolated Aultguish Inn at Loch Glascarnoch, said it was cold, but not as freezing as the -20C from 2010.
The below-average temperatures meant large parts of the UK were colder than Moscow, where it was -2.4C, and Copenhagen, where it was 1.3C.
But it did not come close to Naimakka in the far north of Sweden, where the mercury dropped to -32.3C.
Forecasters yesterday warned that the cold temperatures could continue until later in the week, with snow likely in northern parts tomorrow.
The snow gates on the A93 at Braemar and Spittal of Glenshee were shut yesterday and drifting snow led to the closure of the A939 between Ballater and Tomintoul. Police Scotland have warned car travellers to take a winter emergency kit, including snow shovel, thermal clothes, water and a blanket.
Meanwhile, skiers at one of Scotland’s most popular resorts caused chaos by parking on a major road at the weekend after the car park ran out of spaces. Cars stretched for a mile along both sides of the A82 near the turn-off for the Glencoe Mountain Resort, forcing police to improvise a one-way system as there was not enough space for two-way traffic on the Glasgow to Fort William road.
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