Highlands & Islands

A9 reopens after Tesco lorry fire near Slochd summit

Tesco lorry on A9
Image caption The A9 was closed in both directions after the lorry caught fire overnight

The A9 in the Highlands has fully reopened following a lorry fire between Carrbridge and Inverness.

The road was shut at Metal Bridge, about half a mile south of the Slochd summit, after a Tesco delivery vehicle caught fire at about 02:45.

The old A9, which runs underneath the bridge, was also closed.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, thought to have been started by the braking system setting a wheel alight. The lorry driver was uninjured.

Diversions had been in place via Grantown-on-Spey.

Northern Constabulary said on Friday afternoon the road had been fully reopened in both directions, with temporary traffic lights in operation.

They warned motorists of potential delays, especially at peak times.

An inspection of the bridge was being carried out to see whether it sustained any major structural damage as a result of the fire.

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