Four-way crash at A9 'hotspot'
Nicole Reid • Published 19 Jun 2012 09:30
DRIVERS faced long delays on the A9 southbound on Friday (June 8) after a four-car crash at the Auchterarder junction.
The collision at the regular "hotspot" forced the closure of the main route from Glasgow to the north.
One person was rushed to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee following the smash, which happened shortly before 4pm.
Amongst the emergency services which rushed to the scene were police, an ambulance, two fire appliances from Auchterarder and one from Perth.
Tayside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed all people involved in the accident were able to get out their cars before they arrived. They received the call at 3.57pm and remained at the scene until "the vehicles were safe and the road was clear."
The A9 southbound was closed for some time for investigation work and traffic was diverted through Auchterarder, causing significant delays.
As rush hour kicked in a tailback of traffic snaked up the southbound carriageway. The A9 became gridlocked as thousands of people made their way up to RockNess music festival. Police confirmed it was around 8pm that delays eased off.
Friday's chaos has left Auchterarder residents campaigning for something to be done about the regular "hot spot" for accidents.
Residents have been fighting for the junction to be changed for months following a spate of serious accidents.
Auchterarder resident James Duncan said: "It's always the same section of the road.
"I've lived here my whole life and this is a regular hot spot for accidents."
And another resident, Dawn Anderson Carlo, added: "It's about time that junction was sorted, people just fly out onto the A9 forcing you to slam on the brakes, just ignorant driving that costs innocents their lives."
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