Two taken to hospital following serious A9 crash

Two people were taken to hospital yesterday following a serious crash between a lorry and two cars on the north’s busiest road.

Emergency services attended the accident which happened on the A9 Inverness-Perth road at the B9150 road junction to Newtonmore, at about 12.15pm.

A police spokeswoman said: “The injuries are serious but not thought to be life-threatening.”

The spokeswoman added that she understood both casualties were flown by air ambulance to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

A fire service spokesman said that three fire appliances – one each from Aviemore, Newtonmore and Kingussie – were sent to the scene and that firefighters used cutting gear to free two casualties from one of the cars.

Yesterday at the scene a badly-damaged silver Peugeot car could be seen on the road, and its roof had been taken off and placed on the grass verge.

Shattered glass and plastic debris was left on the road surface and workers could be seen sweeping it away.

A large Mercedes lorry appeared to be unaffected, as did the other car involved.

Tailbacks stretched for several miles after the road was initially closed and traffic was diverted via Newtonmore. The road was reopened by about 3pm.

Later in the afternoon, rescue teams were also scrambled to the aid of a woman who fell down a steep embankment at a Highland beauty spot yesterday.

Coastguard teams from Dornoch and Inverness – who have specialist rope expertise – the fire service and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team were all sent to the Fall of Foyers Waterfall near Loch Ness at around 3.20pm.

But after firemen from Fort Augustus and Inverness arrived the other units were stood down.

A fire service spokesman said that crews assisted paramedics in escorting the woman up the embankment to safety before was treated for an ankle injury.

A spokeswoman for the coastguard said she had not fallen into the water.

Meanwhile Leverburgh Lifeboat was called to rescue a broken down 50ft fishing boat in the Sound of Harris at 11.22am. It towed the stricken craft to Leverburgh.