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Lorry smashes through fence at Army barracks after crash on Moray road

© JASPERIMAGEThe lorry crashed through a fence at Kinloss Army Barracks
The lorry crashed through a fence at Kinloss Army Barracks

A lorry smashed through the fence of a military base after a crash on a Moray road.

A heavy goods vehicle and car came into collision at about 4.20pm on the B9089 Kinloss to Burghead road outside of the Kinloss Army Barracks.

The 52-year-old driver of the car was trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle for a spell in the aftermath, before being cut free by fire crews and taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin for treatment.

Police later said he was taken there only as a precautionary measure.

The car was destroyed in the crash, which left debris scattered across the route.

Following the collision, the lorry veered from the carriageway and ploughed through a chain-link fence at the barracks.

The huge vehicle also careered through a hedge and came to rest on a lawn outside a residential part of the Army compound.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said crews had to take the car apart to ensure the casualty could be safely removed.

She said: “We were called out to a collision involving a heavy goods vehicle and a car.

“We used hydraulic cutting gear to cut the roof off a car, and free one male casualty, who was left in the care of the ambulance service.”

A police spokesman added: “At around 4.20pm we received reports of a two-vehicle crash involving a truck and a car on Main Road, Kinloss just outside the Kinloss Army Barracks.

“A 52-year-old man was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital as a precautionary measure.

“Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

The road was closed for hours afterwards.

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Man taken to hospital after car and lorry crash on Moray road

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A man has been taken to hospital after a crash between a car and lorry on a Moray road.

Emergency services were called to the B9089 in Kinloss this afternoon near the army barracks at about 4.20pm.

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Lorry smashes through fence at Army barracks after crash on Moray road

A car and a lorry were involved in a crash, with the driver of the car being cut free by fire crews.

He was conveyed to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin as a precautionary measure.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Around 4.20pm, on Monday, 31 August, we received reports of a two vehicle crash involving a truck and a car on Main Road, Kinloss just outside the Kinloss Barracks.

“A 52-year-old man was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital as a precautionary measure.

“The road is currently closed and diversions are in place.

“Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: “We were called out to a RTC involving a heavy goods vehicle and a car.

“We used hydraulic cutting gear to cut the roof of a car and free one male casualty, who was left in the care of the ambulance service.

“A stop message came in at 4.47pm, and we have now left the scene.”

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Drain crews called to fix blocked sewers in parts of Highlands more than anywhere else in northern Scotland

Drain crews called to fix blocked sewers in parts of Highlands more than anywhere else in northern Scotland
Scottish Water crews were called out more than 6,300 times in north Scotland last year, including to remove a congealed ball of wet wipes from a sewer in Inverness,

Expert teams were called out to fix more sewer blockages in two parts of the Highlands last year than anywhere else in the north of Scotland.

Over the last 12 months, crews from Scottish Water were sent to properties or streets across the region more than 6,300 times –an average of 17 per day.

These call-outs have included using cameras to look down backed up or clogged drains, investigating rising water, and using a specialised £250,000 HGV to blast away blockages with water jets and vacuums.

Of the 6,379 jobs completed in the north between April 2019 and March 2020, almost 1,000 – or 15% – were located within the IV2 and IV3 postcode areas.

On one occasion, this included a football-sized clump of wet wipes which had been flushed down the toilet and fused together.

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Sewer pipes in Inverness were blocked after residents flushed wet wipes down the toilet.

The figures show there were 352 in the IV30 Elgin area, 254 in the parts of Buckie covered by the AB56 postcode, and 242 in AB43 Fraserburgh.

Scottish Water said factors such as postcode sector size and population density can make it difficult to directly compare areas.

Last year crews across Scotland were called to 50,000 appointments – with around three-quarters directly related to relieving “chokes” in the system.

The body has also found that the coronavirus lockdown has caused a slight downward trend in the number of blockages reported – dropping from 2,850 in March to 2,626 in April – but said it is not a “significant diversion” from the monthly average.

A Scottish Water spokeswoman said: “We urge people to only flush the 3Ps – pee, poo, and toilet paper – down their loo in order to reduce the risk of blockages in the sewerage system.

“Around 80% of chokes are caused by the wrong things being put down toilets and sinks.

“These include things such as wet wipes, kitchen roll, cotton wool and tissues, and fats, oils and grease, which contribute to blockages in the pipes which are avoidable.

“By following the simple 3Ps guidance together we can ensure the network is fully effective.”

Drain crews called to fix blocked sewers in parts of Highlands more than anywhere else in northern Scotland

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