Oban man in stable condition after accident on A85 Pennyfuir


AN OBAN man was airlifted to hospital in Glasgow after a two-vehicle accident near Pennyfuir shortly after 7pm on Tuesday, April 5.

Police Scotland said a 42-year-old man remained in hospital in a stable condition, and was not suffering from life threatening injuries.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving and a report has been made to the procurator fiscal.

The A85 was closed for approximately two-and-a-half hours.

Man dies in Mull marine accident

Police Scotland

A 25-year-old man has been killed in a marine accident on Mull.

On Thursday morning police were called to reports of a  man having been seriously injured on board a marine vessel at Kinlochspelve, Loch Spelve, Mull.

Emergency services attended, however, the man was pronounced dead around 1pm. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.

A joint investigation is underway between Police Scotland and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch to establish the exact circumstances.


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Safety work to start on A82 at Spean Bridge blackspot

blackletter accident

Work will soon start on resurfacing a notorious accident blackspot at Aonachan crossroads on the A82 at Spean Bridge.

BEAR Scotland begins on Monday August 18, with work expected to take until August 29.

See more details in The Oban Times, August 7 2014, also available on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Call for road accident complacency to be stamped out

andy elkerton road accidents campaign

The death of a woman following a car crash on the A85 has forced a friend to speak out against the ‘apathy’ surrounding fatalities on roads in Oban and Lorn.

Andy Elkerton, who only moved to Oban five years ago, admits that he had been lulled into a mindset he calls the ‘silly season’, an acceptance that there will be deaths on Argyll’s roads in the summer months – last year there were nine.

Read more about Andy’s bid to prompt a campaign and the response

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Police promise better planning following accident traffic chaos

Police Scotland

Following a fatal accident on the A85 outside Oban, which blocked the road for eight hours to allow police investigators to survey and then clear the area, Oban police have said a contingency plan is needed for future incidents after traffic came to a stand-still in the town and on alternative routes.

For more on the accident and the resulting chaos, see The Oban Times, June 5 2014. also available on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Road campaign group calls for urgent action on A82 corner

Transport Scotland

Road campaign group The A82 Partnership is demanding urgent action after a further spate of accidents on the same corner four miles south of Fort William.

Two accidents happened over the weekend of April 12-13 2014 following the fatal accident of a Wester Ross man at the beginning of April 2014.

The accidents happened just where the road surface changes from non-skid to ordinary tarmac.

For more details of the investigations and call for action see The Oban Times, April

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Transport Scotland to probe A82 accident blackspot

corran ferry crash

Transport Scotland is to investigate a series of accidents on a 100-yard stretch of the A82 road south of Fort William.

It is understood the survey will centre on whether the road surface quality is a contributing factor to the crash toll.

Read the full story in The Oban Times, January 16 2014, also on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital

Two dead in Connel head-on collision


A 32-year-old Oban man and a 74-year-old woman have died following a two-car head-on collision on the outskirts of Connel on Thursday evening, August 1 2013.

Several other people – including three children – were injured in the accident at around 6.45pm on the A85 just east of the Old Shore Road turn-off, before the 30mph signs.

Oban police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

The 74-year-old woman who died was a passenger in a blue Honda CRV. The 32-year-old

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Motorcyclist dies near Inveraray after bike leaves the road


A 67-year-old man from Dumbarton has died following a road crash on the A83 near Inveraray on Wednesday June 26 2013.

Around two miles north of Inveraray at about 4pm,  it would appear that he lost control and the bike left the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The road was closed for several hours to allow investigations.

Inspector Adam McKenzie,  Road Policing Department, Dumbarton, is appealing for anyone who may have seen the accident

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A85 re-opens near Dalmally

The A85 has reopened at Strone Hill, east of Dalmally, following a three-car accident at around 1.30pm.
One lane is open until diesel has been cleaned from the road.
It is not thought ant of those involved have life-threatening injuries.

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