Here is a copy of the press report that appeared on the front page of
the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch on November 15, 1958.
Driverless Lorry Runs Away
LITTLE MARION MISSES DEATH BY INCHES
"A six year old girl, Marion McAlinden, 51
Arthur Street, Edinburgh, missed death by inches when an eight ton lorry
careered driverless 250 yards down the steep brae in Arthur Street and
smashed through a wall at which Marion was standing. She was unhurt
but badly shaken."
"The lorry driver, Fred Ungdale, 25 Niddrie
Mains Terrace, said later: 'I was delivering coal and had just got
back to the lorry when it started to move off. I shouted to the
kiddies playing in the street to keep clear. None of them were
actually in the street. I don't really know what happened. The
lorry was in reverse and the handbrake was on.'
As the lorry careered down the hill, it
narrowly missed a parked car, then swerved onto the pavement narrowly
missing a little girl standing by the gate.
The lorry struck the wall, rebounded and
crashed through it travelling another 50 yards before it stopped, leaving
five tons of coal strewn behind it."
"Mr George Dickson, who was in his grocer's
shop at 43 Arthur Street at the time, said, 'It was very nearly a fatal
accident. Fortunately, there were no children playing in the Queen's
Park behind the wall. I don't know how little Marion escaped.'
Another shopkeeper, Mrs J Aikman 90
Dumbiedykes Road said. 'A customer brought the girl into the shop, where
she was given a drink.'
Mrs Aikman added, 'It was a mercy that most of
the children were at the cinema. There is usually a crowd of them
playing at the wall where the lorry went through.'