Hill walker killed after being hit by campervan in Glencoe

The scene of a crash on the A9 at Daviot, involving a Nissan Navara pickup truck and a Renault Scenic car. Picture: Andrew Smith

A hill walker has died after being knocked down by a campervan and on a busy Highland road.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward following the tragedy on the A82 Inverness to Glasgow road in Glencoe yesterday lunchtime.

It was the second serious accident on Highland roads within 24 hours, following a crash between a car and a pick up truck on the A9 at Daviot on Monday night, which has also prompted a plea for witnesses.

In the Glencoe incident, the man was knocked down by a Fiat campervan minutes after midday. He died at the scene.

The occupants of the campervan were uninjured.

It is understood that the man is not local to the Highland area. His next of kin were been informed and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course, police said.

The road was closed for more than five hours to allow for a collision investigation to take place, with drivers facing a lengthy 54-mile diversion via the A85 Oban to Perth road and the A828 Connel to Ballachulish road.

Sergeant Gregor Hay said: “Our thoughts at this time are with everyone affected by this tragic incident.

“Our inquiries are ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact us as soon as possible.

“Please call police in the road policing unit in Fort William on 101, quoting reference R050438, with any information you may have.”

One social media user wrote: “Saw a hiker hit by a caravan in Glencoe earlier. Please take care when crossing Highland roads, they are dangerous for pedestrians.”

Another wrote: “Thoughts and prayers are with his family and hope the occupants of the campervan can get over their ordeal.”

The road closure caused massive tailbacks and slow traffic on the diversion route stretching as far away as just outside Oban.

Police are also appealing for information following the crash at Daviot on Monday night.

The collision occurred on the northbound dual carriageway section of the A9 at about 9.10pm.

Two vehicles were involved, a red Renault Scenic and a silver Nissan Navara pick-up.

The occupants of the Renault, two men aged 25 and 27-years-old, were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness with serious injuries. Neither are thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

The occupants of the Nissan, two men aged 29 and 46-years-old, sustained minor injuries.

Police asked anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them on 101 quoting reference NN23462/17.