Jun 23 2010 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
A GRANDMOTHER has died after being hit by a bus in Airdrie town centre.
Martha Cowie passed away from her severe injuries following the incident in Stirling Street on Monday.
The 89-year-old was described by neighbours in the Burnfoot area of the town as a “lovely woman”.
One onlooker said the sound of the impact was like “two cars crashing together”.
Mrs Cowie was taken by ambulance to Monklands General Hospital where she later died.
Yesterday, neighbours in Rannoch Road paid tribute to Mrs Cowie who had lived there for around 50 years.
Margaret Castles, who lived across the street from Mrs Cowie for 42 of those years, said: “I can’t get over the shock of it.
“I have known her since I moved in here.
“She used to look after my son and daughter and would keep an eye on your house if you were on holiday.
“Martha was a great neighbour and a very independent woman.
“She was a member of the High Church and never missed going to church.”
Mrs Cowie lived on her own, but despite almost reaching her 90th birthday, was always out and about the town.
Next-door neighbour Sophie McPheat just moved into the street a month ago and said Mrs Cowie helped her settle in.
“She was a lovely woman and made me feel very welcome,” said Ms McPheat.
“I can’t think what her family must be going through at the moment.
“It was a shock when the police came to the door and told me.”
Airdrie town centre was bustling on Monday afternoon when Mrs Cowie was struck by a bus turning into Stirling Street from Broomknoll Street.
She had just left W Young Family Butchers on the south side of the street and appeared to be crossing the road to the bus stop when tragedy struck.
Onlookers feared the worst because of the severity of the impact.
The driver was left uninjured but very shaken as police cordoned off the area and took statements from witnesses.
Yesterday, flowers were left at the pedestrian crossing, near to the scene of the accident.
Airdrie police have asked any witnesses to contact them on 01236 505100.
A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.