Monty tells of 'lucky' escape
21 Oct 2010 - 19:01:03
Colin Montgomerie admits he was lucky to walk away from a car crash "relatively unscathed".
Montgomerie, 47, who captained Europe to victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup earlier this month, did not require hospital treatment after the crash.
"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," Montgomerie said: "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."
Strathclyde Police confirmed that the male driver of a van had been charged with road traffic offences after the crash.
Montgomerie's BMW 7-series was involved in the crash at around 11.25am on the A80 at Moodiesburn near Glasgow.
Montgomerie felt it was unnecessary to go to hospital and received treatment at the roadside from the ambulance crew before being 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."
Montgomerie, a former world number two, returned to playing golf last month and finished joint 41st at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.
He dropped from 135th to 425th in the world during his term as Ryder Cup captain ahead of the match at Celtic Manor, south Wales.