Rugby player critically ill after being hit by police van in Brodick

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The police van involved in the collision in Brodick

A rugby player is fighting for his life after being struck by a police van in Brodick on Saturday night.

Daniel Gallagher was airlifted to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow after the collision at around 10pm.

His condition is now being described as ‘critical but stable’.  The 22-year-old had travelled to Arran from his home in Peterhead,Aberdeenshire,as part of a club squad called the Buchan Broncos who took part in the annual rugby sevens tournament.

Witnesses have said that the Strathclyde Police vehicle’s blue lights were on at the time of the impact,which happened just outside Bilslands.

They also claim that Mr Gallagher was walking with the aid of crutches when he was struck.

The Peterhead RFC side had been invited to the Sevens tournament through the island’s rugby club’s links with their skipper,Ewan Rogerson,who used to live on Arran.

A spokesman for Isle of Arran Rugby Club released a statement via facebook on Sunday which said:‘Our thoughts go out to Daniel Gallagher from Buchan/ Peterhead who was over playing rugby at the Arran sevens and was [hit] by a police van last night in the middle of Brodick.

‘He is now in the Southern General with two broken legs,internal bleeding and a severe head injury. Get well soon from all at Arran RFC.’

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police confirmed that an inquiry had been launched into the incident. It will be overseen by Central Scotland Police.

For more up-dates on the incident see the Arran Banner edition of April 14 2012 or on line at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

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