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A9 closed at Portgower due to fallen crane on railway line

Fallen crane
The crane fell from the road onto the railway line at Portgower

A section of the A9 in the Highlands had to be closed after a crane crashed onto the railway line.

Northern Constabulary said the crane fell on to the tracks in village of Portgower in Sutherland.

The A9 between Helmsdale and Brora was closed in both directions at about 15:20 on Sunday to allow recovery work to take place. There was no alternative route. The road has since reopened.

Trains services between Inverness and Wick also faced disruptions.

Network Rail said the crane had come off the A9 and was on the track near Helmsdale at Portgower.

A spokesman added: "Network Rail will carry out an assessment of the damaged caused. It is hoped a full service will be able run in the morning."

A statement on the ScotRail website said: "Owing to an obstruction on the line between Helmsdale and Brora all lines are blocked.

"Train services between Inverness and Wick may be revised at short notice. Disruption is expected until 23:59."

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