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Cycling star rescued from snow

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By Rod Edgar
Annan and Eskdale
Cycling star rescued from snow

OLYMPIC cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has paid tribute to Annan gritter driver Steven Fallon after coming to his rescue on Thursday.



Sir Chris, pictured right, was among those motorists caught up in wintry conditions which swept the region — with his car leaving the road at Greenhill Stairs on the Devil’s Beeftub road, north of Moffat.

And after Steven helped pull him free, Sir Chris tweeted: “Thanks to the kind gent who towed my car out of a snow bank today after I hit black ice.

“Thankfully no harm to me or car but be careful folks!”

Dumfries and Galloway Council say they believe that all their gritter drivers are heroes, ‘out in all conditions, day and night’.

A spokesman said: “We are pleased to hear that in this case our gritter driver, Stevie, went beyond his usual duties and picked up Sir Chris Hoy from the side of the road at Greenhill Stairs after his car went off the road.

“Stevie took him back to Moffat to arrange recovery of his vehicle.”

The spokesman added: “Due to insurance regulations we could not assist with the recovery of Sir Chris’s vehicle ourselves, but we wish him well and a safe journey home.”


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