Carnage on the roads

Four incidents in the space of four days left two people dead and seven injured on the roads of the West Highlands and Skye.

Last Friday at about 4.30pm police and other emergency services attended a collision involving a tour minibus on the A87 near to Cluanie Inn. One passenger was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, where her condition was described as stable.

The A87 was subsequently closed for around three hours. The following day 19-year-old Owain Ramsay, an architecture student from Glasgow, died at the scene of a one-vehicle crash on the A87 Kyle to Invergarry road west of Invergarry, five miles south of the Bun Loyne junction. The car, a Nissan Micra, went out of control and left the road. Mr Ramsay sustained fatal injuries.

One other occupant sustained serious injuries and was conveyed by helicopter to Raigmore Hospital. The other two occupants sustained minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

The road was closed, with local diversions, for six and half hours while enquiries were carried out by officers from the Divisional Road Policing Unit North.

On Sunday a collision occurred on the A835 at Corrieshalloch by Loch Broom involving a car and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital where he was admitted for treatment and observation. His current condition is described as stable.

And on Monday of this week at 4.19pm a collision occurred on the A87 at Druim nan Cleochd on Skye involving two cars. As a result of the collision one of the drivers, a German tourist, was fatally injured and died later in hospital in Broadford. Two other occupants were also injured and were taken to the same hospital.

Skye and Lochalsh MSP David Thompson said his thoughts and prayers went out to those injured and killed.

He added: “It is tragic news that there have been so many accidents on the roads in Skye and Wester Ross in the space of four days, leaving two dead and seven injured.

“I would not like to speculate on the causes of the crashes at this stage as it is only correct that Transport Scotland and the police are afforded the time to conduct a proper and de­tail­ed analysis of the circum­stances surrounding the incidents.”