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 from Police Scotland in The Oban Times,June 12 2014. Also on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital
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 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 17 2014. Also on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital
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
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 man who died was travelling in a blue Vauxhall Vectra.
A 32-year-old woman,who was driving the Vauxhall Vectra,was taken by helicopter to Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital,where her condition was described as critical but stable.
Three children,aged two,five and 14,who were also in the car,were treated for minor injuries at Oban’s Lorn and Islands Hospital and released on Friday.
The 51-year-old woman driver of the Honda CRV and two other female passengers,aged 49 and 46,were also treated for minor injuries at hospital in Oban.
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 to contact 01389 822000.
For more news from the West Highlands and islands see The Oban Times every Thursday or on line at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital
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.
A pedestrian has been fatally injured after being struck by a car on the A85 in the early hours of Saturday morning,August 25 2012. Continue reading Pedestrian killed after being struck by car on A85
A male motorcyclist has been airlifted to Raigmore Hospital with a serious head injury following a road traffic collision on the A86 at Kinloch Laggan.
Continue reading A86 closed at Kinloch Laggan
AN ACCIDENT involving two lorries to the east of Connel has been cleared,police have confirmed.
THE A85 was reopened at 4.15pm after being closed since the smash around 6.30am.