A CARNOUSTIE father has praised the reactions of witnesses and emergency services at an accident last week.
Derek Stormont (36) said that the actions of those responding to the crash which injured his son, Jamie (7), prevented the situation from becoming more serious.
He told the Guide & Gazette: “I want to thank all the firefighters, paramedics, trauma team and the police who reacted very quickly in calling for an ambulance.”
He added: “The staff at Ninewells Hospital, the people in the high dependency unit and the surgeon who operated on Jamie so quickly have been fantastic.”
Derek said that the kindness and quick thinking of a lady in an approaching car meant that she was able to contact Jamie’s grandfather, Neil, so that he could be at the scene.
Emergency services attended the scene of the accident on the B961 Carmyllie-Redford road at around 9.50 a.m. last Wednesday morning.
A blue Vauxhall Corsa driven by Jamie’s grandmother, Wilma Stormont (62), was involved in a collision with a green tractor as they made their way to Friockheim for a rugby training session.
In a quirk of fate, Dave McKenzie (37), a fireman and trained first aider, and also an old school friend of Derek, was on hand to help.
Derek said: “I want to thank Dave for his help at the scene. If he hadn’t been there and known exactly what to do then things might have been worse.”
He added: “Jamie is a lot better, he’s out of the high dependency ward and has been moved to a side room on his own.
“He is as well as can be expected at the moment.”
Jamie suffered a fractured skull which penetrated the protective sac or meninges surrounding his brain.
Fortunately a surgeon was able to repair the damage and Jamie suffered no injury to the brain itself.
Derek added that he was touched by the cards and enquiries after Jamie’s condition and said that he was doing well.
At the time of going to press the police were still looking into the full set of circumstances surrounding the accident.