THE appearance of a UFO in the sky above Kingsgate Retail Park last week caused spooked drivers to bump their cars. Several people reported seeing a huge silver object in the area as they drove past at around 8.45am last Wednesday.
By Judith Tonner
THE appearance of a UFO in the sky above Kingsgate Retail Park last week caused spooked drivers to bump their cars.
Several people reported seeing a huge silver object in the area as they drove past at around 8.45am last Wednesday.
Drivers were so distracted by the bizarre sighting that at least two minor bumps were reported, as the attention of motorists wandered from the more mundane forms of transport before them on the road.
A local woman, who did not wish to be named, contacted the News to describe the experience of a friend who was driving towards the retail park at that time.
She said: "My friend saw something hovering, which was silver in appearance and looked like the dishes you see on the side of television transmitters.
"It was huge, and it was pulsating - he wasn't the only one who saw it, as you couldn't have missed it.
"He saw it and just thought: 'Good God', and was really quite shaken by the whole thing.
"Then the object just suddenly disappeared - it was so strange.
"My friend thinks the accidents at Kingsgate were a result of other people seeing this thing as well"
The sighting has also intrigued East Kilbride UFO Club, whose members were warned in advance that they might be about to spot something strange in the sky.
Colleagues in Cumbernauld had seen a similar object around half an hour previously, and alerted their South Lanarkshire counterparts that it appeared to be heading in their direction.
Lee Close, of the Anglo-Scottish UFO Research Agency, has been investigating last week's events in tandem with the local UFO club.
He said: "This is the first time I've come across a UFO causing a car crash, although I'm aware of it having happened in America before.
"People in Scotland tend to think: 'oh, there's something in the sky' and just carry on, so the fact that it's caused two fender benders is quite unusual.
"The fact that it's in daylight interests us immensely too - previously 95 per cent of sightings were at night, although they're now almost equal between day and night-time"
Anyone who saw last week's UFO or witnessed either of the two reported vehicle bumps is asked to contact Lee on 07957 912500, or Noel Wallace of East Kilbride UFO Club on 07941 157187, and all information will be treated in the strictest confidence.