Daniel fights for life after island accident

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FRIENDS of a Peterhead rugby player are praying for his recovery, after he was hit by a police van on the Isle of Arran on Sunday.

Daniel Gallagher (22) was in a critical but stable condition at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital last night, following a series of operations.

Daniel, who works as a Trainee Graphic Designer at Peterhead’s The Write Image, travelled to the West Coast island on Saturday with Peterhead Rugby Club for a Rugby 7s tournament in Brodrick.

It is believed that Daniel was injured during a match and had been using crutches when the Strathclyde Police van hit him on its way to answer an emergency call.

Daniel is said to have suffered multiple fractures, internal bleeding and severe head trauma when he was hit as he walked to a post-match dance.

One friend said: “Daniel is a lovely, bubbly guy. There’s never a dull moment when he’s around. I’ve been feeling sick about it and just hope he makes a full recovery. We are all thinking about his family.”

A spokesman for Peterhead RFC said on Sunday that Daniel’s family had travelled to Arran to be at his bedside.

He said: “Daniel joined the club around two years ago and has been a valuable addition to the backs. He is popular with his fellow players and is always the life and soul of the party.”

A special investigation team from Central Scotland Police has been called to help with inquiries.