Five injured in A9 Highland crash

Traffic following accident on A9 Traffic backed up on the A9 following the accident

Five men have been taken to hospital following a crash on the A9 in the Highlands.

The accident, involving a 4x4 and a lorry, happened on a single carriageway section of the road at Dalwhinnie at about 00:10.

All those injured were in the BMW X5 and were taken to hospital. The driver of the Mercedes HGV was uninjured.

Police said one of the injured men was in critical condition and another had serious injuries.

The road was closed at Dalwhinnie, south of Aviemore for almost nine hours. The only alternative route was a four-hour 152-mile (244km) drive.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said two people were taken by helicopter to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee while one was taken there by ambulance.

One of those receiving treatment at Ninewells was the man described as being in a critical condition.

Two people, one of them seriously injured, were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by ambulance.

Police Scotland has appealed for witnesses to the accident, or anyone who saw the northbound black BMW X5 and southbound lorry before the incident, to contact the force.

The lorry had a white cab and was pulling a red trailer.

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