A Dundee pensioner ended up in A&E after a slip on some black ice outside his house knocked him unconscious.
Jim Coe, 69, was walking near his home on the corner of Balunie Place and Balunie Street when he slipped on a patch of black ice, striking his head on the pavement and knocking himself out.
A female passerby spotted Jim and phoned the emergency services — staying at the scene with another male resident until the ambulance arrived.
Jim was taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital’s A&E following the incident, which took place at around 10am last Tuesday.
The retired bus driver from London, who moved to Dundee 15 years ago, said: “I have no recollection of the incident. The last thing I recall is just walking along the street.
“I didn’t wake up until I was in the ambulance with a huge lump on the back of my head.
“I am still suffering a bit with headaches and dizziness, and it took me until Sunday to be confident enough to go out on my own again.
“The council really needs to start putting grit down in the area or we may see another incident like this — or maybe even worse.”
His wife Christina, also 69, suggested urgent action needs to be taken to prevent further injuries and extended her gratitude to the two residents who came to her husband’s aid.
She added: “A lot of the residents in this area are pensioners and there is sheltered housing at the bottom of the street, but there doesn’t seem to be any gritting of pavements going on.
“There was a sheet of black ice covering the pavement, so this could have happened to anyone.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the lady who came to his rescue and phoned for the ambulance, and the gentleman who arrived and helped out.”
A Dundee City Council spokeswoman said: “There are almost 350 miles of adopted roads in Dundee and it is the council’s duty to make efforts to keep these roads safe during adverse weather conditions.
“Priority routes cover to and from educational establishments, main retail locations and main thoroughfares throughout the city.
“In snow and ice conditions these are treated before moving on to other pavements. Visit Dundeecity.gov.uk/winter for more information.”