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Man dies after accident involving HGV and van on A9

Man dies after accident involving HGV and van on A9
The crash occurred on the A9 (Jane Barlow/PA)

A 34-year-old man has died after an accident involving an HGV and Ford Transit van in the Highlands.

At around 12pm on Wednesday, an HGV and Ford Transit van were involved in a crash on the A9, between Kingussie and Aviemore.

The man was a passenger in the transit van.

The male driver of the van suffered serious injuries and has been transported to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The driver of the HGV was treated at the scene and did not suffer any serious injuries.

The road remains closed with diversions in place to allow for investigation.

Sergeant Alasdair Mackay, of Highland and Islands Road Policing, said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this time.

“We are working to establish the full circumstances which led to this collision.

“We would be keen to speak to anyone who may have information and has not yet spoken to police. Anyone who was on the road around that time and may have dash-cam footage is asked to check this and pass on anything of note.

“Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, and quoting incident number 1341 of 24 June.”

Man dies after accident involving HGV and van on A9

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Man, 34, killed and another seriously injured in van and HGV collision on A9

Man, 34, killed and another seriously injured in van and HGV collision on A9

A man has died after a Ford Transit van and HGV collided on the A9.

The incident happened between Kingussie and Aviemore at 12pm.

The 34-year-old was a passenger in the van. The driver has been taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

The driver of the HGV was treated at the scene and did not suffer any serious injuries.

The road has been closed with a diversion in place to allow an investigation to be carried out.

Sergeant Alasdair Mackay of Highland and Islands Road Policing said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this time.

“We are working to establish the full circumstances which led to this collision.

“We would be keen to speak to anyone who may have information and has not yet spoken to police. Anyone who was on the road around that time and may have dash-cam footage is asked to check this and pass on anything of note.

“Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, and quoting incident number 1341 of 24 June.”

Man, 34, killed and another seriously injured in van and HGV collision on A9

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Norbord looks to Highland rail lines as plant expansion progresses

Norbord looks to Highland rail lines as plant expansion progresses
The Norbord factory near Inverness

Bosses at Norboard are looking to the Highlands’ rail lines to support the expansion of its plant near Inverness.

The Canadian firm is investing more than £125 million in the Morayhill plant, safeguarding 130 workers and 300 further Highland jobs, mainly in forestry.

It is the world’s largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB), which is used in construction and furniture manufacturing as a replacement for plywood.

Site improvements are due to get underway in the coming months following approval by Highland councillors of a plan to increase the height of two towers at the Moray Firth site.

The increase in production means a rise in HGV movements to and from the factory from around 340 each day to 378.

Highlands and Island MSP John Finne has written to Norboard asking that it commit to moving materials by rail in an effort to ease traffic flow on the roads network in and around Inverness.

The company already makes use of Highland rail links, with boards loaded onto rail containers on site and transferred to Inverness Railway station before being transported onto rail carriages on the southbound line in the marshalling yard.

Norbord officials have also been in touch with officials from Network Rail, investigating opportunities for a rail connection on the Inverness to Aberdeen rail line.

A series of trials have been undertaken to support the concept.

A spokesman for Norbord said: “Norbord would support the development of the rail infrastructure in Inverness.”

Mr Finnie said: ““I have visited the Norbord plant and recognise the significant contribution its work contributes to the Highland economy.

“Given the climate emergency we face, an increase in HGV traffic will concerning to many.

“With the site’s immediate proximity to the Aberdeen to Inverness line, I’ve written to the company asking them to examine opportunities to convey material to the site by rail.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are committed to encouraging more businesses to transport their products by rail and we are working with Norbord and the rail freight industry to explore options at this location.”

Norbord looks to Highland rail lines as plant expansion progresses

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Hillwalkers criticised for 150-mile journey from Glasgow to trek Glen Shiel

© Morar Motors Hillwalkers criticised for 150-mile journey from Glasgow to trek Glen Shiel
The image shared on social media by Morar Motors

Hillwalkers who made a journey of 150 miles over the course of the bank holiday weekend have been slammed by a local leader and the breakdown firm forced to come to their aid.

The group were accused of unnecessarily putting others’ lives at risk with their thoughtless actions, which flew in the face of Scottish lockdown rules.

Branded “clowns” in the wake of the incident, the group had driven from Glasgow to trek Glen Shiel in the north-west Highlands.

But they had to call for help after their vehicle suffered a blowout near Cluanie, at the southern end of the Glen, on Friday afternoon.

Local breakdown firm, Morar Motors, had to come to their assistance, with the vehicle – and passengers – placed on the back of a breakdown truck and taken to Kyle of Lochalsh, where repair work was undertaken.

Restrictions under the current coronavirus pandemic meant the occupants of the vehicle had to remain in their vehicle to prevent interaction with the recovery driver.

The incident has sparked anger in the local community where the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic are being fatally felt on nearby Skye.

Morar Motors opted to share a post on social media in a bid to prevent others from flocking to the Highlands during lockdown.

Clowns who still think its okay to drive 150 miles from Glasgow for a bank holiday weekend climbing on the Glen Shiel…

Posted by Morar Motors Kyle Ltd on Friday, 8 May 2020

Colin MacDonald, owner of Morar Motors, said: “The offenders in question were planning to spend the bank holiday climbing the Glen Sheil Ridge and saddle in Ross-shire.

“They had travelled from the Glasgow area.

“We were debating with the idea of whether or not we would post anything, but after Friday’s incident, we felt we had to let people know after similar incidents over the past couple of weeks in other tourist hot spots including Arisaig, Glenfinnan and Skye.

“We hope the post will deter others from travelling unnecessarily and putting innocent individuals at risk.

“It’s just ridiculous.”

Mr MacDonald added: “Our garages have been closed for six weeks.

“It is a bank holiday weekend, a half-decent day, and we are in lockdown at home obeying the rules, but are having to unnecessarily risk going out in order to rescue them.

“Had the driver had a more serious accident, emergency service resources would have also been required to attend.”

Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford said there are “no exceptions” to the lockdown rules.

“Everyone must heed the advice the non-essential travel is not permitted,” he said.

“All of us must play our part and stay at home except for essential shopping, going to work or taking part in exercise.

“There are no exceptions.

“When you consider the challenges Skye is facing with Covid-19 and recognition of the responsibility we all have to control the spread of the virus, it is the height of recklessness for anyone to think they can drive a long distance to the west Highlands to go for a walk in the hills.

“It must stop and, for now, visitors must stay away.

“Yes, people will be afforded traditional Highland hospitality, but only when it is safe to do so.”

Last month, Scotland’s mountain rescue teams praised walkers and climbers for staying off the hills during lockdown, noting that it was the longest period without a rescue in 19 years.

Hillwalkers criticised for 150-mile journey from Glasgow to trek Glen Shiel

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