Highlands & Islands

Lorry crashes off A9 flyover near Kingussie

Crash on A9. Pic: Andrew Smith
Image caption A lorry came off the A9 onto the A86 near Kingussie

A lorry has crashed off a flyover on the A9 near Kingussie and dropped on to the A86 below.

Three people were hurt in the accident, which happened at 1923 BST on Sunday. The A9 was closed temporarily to allow emergency teams to attend the scene.

Snow and freezing temperatures continue to grip the Highlands and Islands, closing schools and roads.

Some flights from Inverness Airport have been grounded due to a shortage of de-icer for the aircraft.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) said: "This is an airline issue and is not controlled by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

"The extreme weather has meant a shortage of de-icer supplied by the airline sub-contractor."

A spokeswoman added: "The runway at Inverness Airport has been treated. The airport is currently operational and flights that do not require de-icing services are operating as normal."

Night sky

In Altnaharra, in Sutherland, the temperature dropped to as low as -16C overnight.

The village, near Lairg, saw the lowest temperature of last winter, with a reading of -22.3C in January.

More than 90 schools have shut in the Highlands because of the conditions.

Image caption Snow falls have been widespread in the Highlands and Islands

Police said nines roads - including the B9007 Carrbridge to Ferness and A837 Helmsdale to Melvich - were closed because of snow and ice.

The other routes shut were the A836 Lairg to Tongue, the A837 Rosehall to Ledmore, the A894 Skiag to Newton, the A897 Kinbrace to Melvich and the A935 Bridge of Brown to Grantown.

Still shut at 1552 BST were the B9007 Glenferness to Carrbridge and A939 Grantown to Tomintoul at Bridge of Brown.

Northern Constabulary added that conditions had deteriorated in Caithness and have asked people to only travel if absolutely necessary.

A flood at a building in Inverness, which houses computer servers, has brought down a website used by Highland Council to provide information on school closures.

The prospective University of the Highlands and Islands' website has also been affected.

Meanwhile, the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service will provide weekend avalanche hazard reports for Lochaber and Northern Cairngorms until its full service starts on the 16 December.

On Friday, residents in Inverness and the Black Isle reported seeing lightning illuminating the night sky.

Over the weekend there were frequent snow showers and freezing temperatures.

Driving conditions around Inverness have continued to prove difficult on streets off the main roads, and one pedestrian was spotted with skis strapped to his back.

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