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Father drove by crash where daughter and dead partner lay for days

Lamara Bell is in a medically induced coma where she remains in a very serious condition at a Glasgow hospital.

John Yuill and Lamara Bell missing couple June 8, 2015. DON'T USE

The father of a woman who was left seriously injured in a car crash for three days revealed how he unknowingly drove by the spot where she was found with her dead partner just hours after it happened.

Andrew Bell told STV News how he was driving along the M9 on Sunday not realising his daughter Lamara was lying in the blue Renault Clio in a field beside John Yuill.

Police are now under fire after it was revealed a call was made to officers on the Sunday morning about a vehicle being seen off the road near Bannockburn.

The pair had been visiting Loch Earn, Stirlingshire, over the weekend and were reported missing after being last seen leaving the loch in the early hours of Sunday.

Police were called to the southbound M9 near junction nine shortly before 10am on Wednesday following a report a Renault Clio had come off the road.

Ms Bell, a mother-of-two, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and placed in a medically induced coma where she remains in a very serious condition.

Mr Bell said: "On Sunday morning I drove past the exact spot. I was concentrating on the road and the cars going past me so I actually missed the junction.

"I went past the crash, not even 100 yards away from her. If anything happens I've got to tell myself that."

M9 crash scene John Yuill and Lamara Bell taken by Danny Livingston uploaded with permission July 9 2015
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As well as speaking of his anger at the lack of police action, Mr Bell spoke about seeing his daughter in life support in the hospital and how staff were also unaware at how long it had been since the crash.

Ms Bell was conscious when she was found by firefighters and speaking to them, thinking she had only been in the car for half-an-hour.

He said: "The hospital asked if Lamara had been in an accident, and we were like 'no'.

"They said she had scabs that seemed to have healed and we didn't think anything of it.

"Then a liaison officer from the police came in and that was when we found out. Suddenly it clicked in, her wounds were healing from the glass cuts and trees for three days."

M9 crash scene John Yuill and Lamara Bell taken by Danny Livingston uploaded with permission July 9 2015
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Officers confirmed father-of-three Mr Yuill, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. The pair had only been dating since May.

Gordon Yuill, John's father, told the Daily Record: "It wouldn't have made any difference for John. His injuries were such that he died on impact.

"But I feel it may have made a difference for Lamara. My heart goes out to her family for that.

"I don’t have any update on Lamara but her family are with her just now."

Mr Bell also paid tribute to the family and the children who had now lost their father.

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Police Scotland are now investigating whether the pair lay injured in the car for several days despite officers having been alerted to reports of a crash on Sunday.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has now launched an investigation into the circumstances.

A spokesman said: "The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner has begun an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 28-year-old man and serious injury of a 25-year-old woman following the recovery of a car close to the M9 motorway at Bannockburn on 8 July 2015.

"The investigation will focus on why a telephone call made to Police Scotland on Sunday 5 July, which reported their car was off the road, was not followed up.

"The Commissioner’s investigation will also examine the robustness of Police Scotland’s missing person enquiry and look at why that enquiry was not linked with the information received in the call.

"Our team of investigators have now commenced enquiries to look into all these matters and establish what happened."

Assistant chief constable Kate Thomson, of Local Policing East, said: "It has come to light that a call was made to police late on Sunday morning regarding a car which was reported as being off the road.

"For reasons currently being investigated, that report was not followed up at the time. Following a call this morning, officers attended the scene.

"Officers have notified the families of this update. Our thoughts are with both families at this difficult time.

"A full investigation is currently under way to establish the full circumstances of the incident."

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