Golfer Montgomerie survives crash

Golfer Colin Montgomerie says he is fortunate to have emerged "relatively unscathed" after his BMW 7 Series was involved in a car crash.

Montgomerie, 47, who captained Europe to victory in the recent Ryder Cup, was driving on the A80 at Moodiesburn near Glasgow when the accident involving a van took place.

Although the Scottish golf star said he was shaken following the crash, he did not require hospital treatment.

Strathclyde Police confirmed that a male van driver had been charged for road traffic offences over the crash.

In a released statement, Montgomerie said: "I was trapped as the side of the car was compressed and the air bags were holding me back, but the passenger door suddenly opened and I was pulled to safety thanks to other drivers who had witnessed the accident.

"It was a terrible shock and I am lucky to have come out of it relatively unscathed, thanks I am sure to the car I was driving."

Montgomerie, who did not feel the need to go to a hospital, received treatment at the roadside from the ambulance crew before he was taken back to his home in Perth.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: "One lane opened at 12.05pm. The road was fully cleared and reopened at 3.20pm.

"The van driver has been charged with alleged road traffic offences."

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