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Woman, 21, dies in A9 crash near Munlochy junction

Emergency services at the scene on the A9. Photo: Jasperimage.
Emergency services at the scene on the A9. Photo: Jasperimage.

A 21-year-old woman has died following a one-vehicle crash on the A9 Inverness to Tore road near the Munlochy junction.

The incident closed the road in both directions between the Longman roundabout in Inverness and Tore from about 10am on Sunday morning.

It is understood the grey Nissan Micra came off the road and ended up in trees on the Highland route.

Police closed the A9 in both directions following the incident, which happened near the B9161 Munlochy road junction at Artafallie.

The 21-year-old woman was the only person in the car.

Sergeant David Miller said: “At this time, our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the deceased.

“Our inquiries into the circumstances of the crash remain ongoing and we are appealing for any motorists who travelled on the A9 between Munlochy and Tore this morning, and believe they may have seen the Nissan Micra involved, to please come forward.”

The A9 reopened to traffic at about 3pm on Sunday. Police have encouraged anyone with information to contact them by calling 101.

Safety concerns at A9 Munlochy junction

Safety improvements have been called for at the A9 and B1961 Munlochy road junction amid concerns it is an accident blackspot.

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes has raised concerns about dangers in the area on the Highland road.

A man and a woman in their 80s died following an accident on the A9 at the Munlochy junction on November 19 last year.

Traffic at the B9161 Munlochy road junction on the A9. Photo: Sandy McCook/DCT Media

In December 2021, Transport Scotland published an extensive list of options to improve safety – including a roundabout, speed limits and closing all right turns among others.

Ms Forbes has called for a decision about preferred works to be made urgently.

In December, she said: “We are all aware of the problems, and Munlochy junction continues to pose concerns for users – with an ever-increasing volume of traffic.

“I recognise street lighting will hopefully be installed in the next few months, but I hope we can see faster progress on meaningful options, including closing the right turn from the B9161 to the A9 northbound carriageway and also extending the southbound slipway.”

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