Driv­ers stuck as tanker re­moved from A83

The Oban Times - - News -

A TANKER that lay in a ditch for al­most a fort­night was fi­nally re­moved on Sun­day, clos­ing the A83 for more than five hours, writes Colin Cameron.

The bogged- down lorry proved more dif­fi­cult to re­move than first an­tic­i­pated, lead­ing to frus­tra­tion for driv­ers caught up in road clo­sures.

At the cen­tre of the op­er­a­tion was a Scot­tish Wa­ter sludge tanker that left the road be­tween Castle­ton and Achn­aba on De­cem­ber 29 be­fore com­ing to rest on its side in a ditch. The driver re­ceived mi­nor in­juries in the crash. No- one else was hurt.

Plans to re­cover the ve­hi­cle were ham­pered by poor weather and road clo­sures at the Rest and Be Thank­ful.

The re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion was even­tu­ally able to take place, in heavy sleet and rain, on Sun­day Jan­uary 10. To al­low a crane to lift the HGV from the ditch, a full trunk road clo­sure was agreed.

A spokesper­son for trunk road op­er­a­tor, BEAR Scot­land, ex­plained: ‘Work to re­cover the ve­hi­cle started at first light, with the road re­open­ing un­der traf­fic con­trol at 1.30pm, be­fore be­ing fully re­opened at 2.30pm.

‘The process took longer than an­tic­i­pated as a re­sult of the ve­hi­cle be­ing en­trenched in a muddy ditch. Dur­ing the re­cov­ery, the ve­hi­cle used to sta­bilise the tanker broke down, de­lay­ing the op­er­a­tion.’

Sign­posted di­ver­sions took driv­ers on an 80-mile de­tour via Oban.

Among frus­trated driv­ers stuck at the Lochgilp­head-bound side were build­ing con­trac­tors at­tempt­ing to catch the Is­lay ferry and at the other end, a Boys’ Brigade party from Camp­bel­town was forced to aban­don hopes of trav­el­ling to a pan­tomime in Glas­gow.

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The tanker trailer is re­moved by crane shortly af­ter 11am

on Sun­day.

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