By Denna Bowman
A holidaymaker who was rushed to Edinburgh hospital after one of the tyres on the car she was traveling in exploded has died from her injuries.
Jenna Wilcox, a captain with the US Air Force, and her husband were on holiday in Scotland when they were forced to pull their car over and change tyres.
They fitted the space-saver to the car, a BMW Z3, but were unable to fit the full-sized tyre into the boot. Capt Wilcox got back into the car holding the tyre, which then exploded in her hands.
The 27-year-old American died at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital on Thursday night, five days after she was injured in the incident in Dalkeith. Her husband, also 27, escaped the accident with only minor injuries.
Capt Wilcox, originally from Glenwood in New York state, had been based in the UK since September 2008 and was based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Her husband, Scott, is also a captain in the US Air Force and was based at nearby RAF Lakenheath.
A police spokesman said: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of explosion, however this would appear to have been a tragic accident.
“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”