A U.S. Air Force officer has died after a tyre exploded inside her sports car while she was on holiday in Scotland, police said.
Captain Jenna Wilcox, 27, who had survived a roadside bomb attack on a recent tour in Afghanistan, was on a break with her husband when the freak accident happened last week.
She was rushed to hospital but died last night.
It is thought the couple had changed the wheel on their BMX Z3 after noticing a bulge in a tyre.
They replaced it with the space saver tyre - designed to get them to a local garage - but could not fit the full size one in the boot because it was full of luggage.
Capt Wilcox, of the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, sat with it on her lap inside the car. It is not known what caused it to explode.
She died from her injuries at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, five days after the accident.
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this was reported in my local press as the woman was based 15 miles from me a real shame as she had only recently returned from afganistan and survived a roadside Bomb but soemthing as simple as not letting the air pressure out when you know the tire is damaged and sitting with it on your lap - but a warning to everyone never the less