BARRHEAD residents have called for a speed camera to be installed on a busy road after a horror crash left one man dead and three others badly hurt.

The emergency services were called to the town’s Glasgow Road on Saturday night after a red Honda Civic left the carriageway.

Mercy crews were unable to save the 31-year-old driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three passengers, aged 25, 26 and 31, were taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Officers were alerted to the single-car incident near The Hurlet at 9.30pm.

While there is no indication from police that speed was a factor in Saturday’s accident, some residents claim Glasgow Road is a “blackspot,” with a string of crashes taking place near their homes in recent years.

Rachael Colton, who has been a Glasgow Road resident for four years, told the Barrhead News: “People seem to fly down this stretch of road and a lot of us here are not happy about it.

“My neighbour’s car was badly damaged when a driver mounted the pavement and crashed. Another driver fell asleep at the wheel while driving too fast and ploughed through pedestrian barriers at Crossmill Business Park.”

Rachael, who has a three-year-old toddler and a baby on the way, said she is afraid for the safety of her children.

She added: “I’ve had to put up fences and gates as an extra precaution for the kids and I don’t tend to walk anywhere from my house.

“I’ve heard about a lot of animals being killed on this road. My neighbour’s cat and a couple of dogs further up the road were knocked down.”

She is now asking fellow Glasgow Road residents to raise their concerns with East Renfrewshire Council, in the hope it will lead to traffic calming measures, such as a speed camera.

Councillor Paul Aitken said: “I have received several representations from Barrhead constituents in the past about speeding cars on Glasgow Road.

“I am writing to the council’s roads manager to find out whether some speed-restricting measures can be taken to prevent such senseless tragedies again in Barrhead.”

Police have said their investigation into Saturday’s accident is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101.

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