A MUM died after she was trapped in a car crash wreck next to her boyfriend for three days when cops failed to respond.
Lamara Bell, 25, lay undiscovered in a crashed car next to the body of her dead partner John Yuill, 28, for three days after the incident was reported to cops.
Police Scotland admitted their failings “materially contributed” to Ms Yuill’s death.
The force pleaded guilty today to health and safety failings, following the deaths of Mr Yuill and Ms Bell, who died after their car crashed off the M9 near Stirling in July 2015.
Despite a call being made to police, it took them three days to respond.
When officers finally arrived at the scene, Mr Yuill was found to be dead.
Ms Bell died three days later at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
The call that alerted cops to the crash had not been recorded on the force’s IT system.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, the office of the Chief Constable of Police Scotland admitted that it failed to ensure that people including Mr Yuill and Ms Bell were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.
They admitted they had failed to provide an “adequate and reliable call-handling system” between April 1, 2013 and March 1, 2016.
It also failed to ensure the system was “not vulnerable to unacceptable risks arising from human error”.
There was also a failure to ensure that all relevant information reported by members of the public was recorded on a Police Scotland IT system so that it could be considered and a police response provided where appropriate.
Police Scotland pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Source: The Sun