Hay bale bid to pre­vent fa­tal ac­ci­dent at no­to­ri­ous cor­ner

The Oban Times - - NEWS - EL­LIE FORBES eforbes@oban­times.co.uk

AN ONICH res­i­dent has lined up hay bales in front of his fence to try to pre­vent a fa­tal ac­ci­dent at a no­to­ri­ous Lochaber crash blackspot and pro­tect his prop­erty.

Colin Camp­bell, who has a house and croft at Cao­las, Onich, has had the fence around his field ripped apart on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions af­ter ve­hi­cles have crashed into it.

Mr Camp­bell has al­ready re­placed the fence four times since De­cem­ber last year af­ter cars tore through it.

He fi­nally had enough at the week­end, fol­low­ing an ear­lier in­ci­dent in June at the blackspot about a mile and a half south of Cor­ran Ferry.

He has now put bales of hay in front of the fence to pro­tect it and his an­i­mals in the field. Speak­ing to the Lochaber

Times, Mr Camp­bell said he thinks the cars are skid­ding as they are go­ing round the cor­ner at Gol­lan­field.

He said: ‘There has just been this spell where there has been a num­ber of cars go­ing off the road in this par­tic­u­lar area.

‘The road sur­face is very bumpy and it isn’t safe. BEAR Scot­land has been no­ti­fied about it on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

‘The cy­cle path along­side the road has turned into the dodgems.

‘Peo­ple are scared to walk along the path there – you just want to get past the bit where these crashes have been hap­pen­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble.

‘The last crash ended up with the car go­ing through our new fence and the pas­sen­ger side took all the im­pact. Luck­ily, there was no- one in the pas­sen­ger side, oth­er­wise they would have been dead.

‘The bales could pre­vent a very se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent. For ex­am­ple, in the lat­est in­ci­dent, where the car ended up on the pas­sen­ger side, if that side had hit the bale it prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been a to­tal write- off.

‘Has some­one got to be se­ri­ously in­jured or, worse, die, for some­thing to be done about the road?’

A spokesper­son for BEAR Scot­land said: ‘Tem­po­rary traf­fic lights are cur­rently in place on the A82 at Onich to keep our teams as well as mo­torists safe while a de­fect in the road sur­face is re­paired.

‘We were made aware of lo­cal con­cerns re­gard­ing the cor­ner at Gol­lan­field and, fol­low­ing in­spec­tions by our roads team, a small sec­tion of lo­calised rut­ting was iden­ti­fied. Plans are also in place to in­stall ad­di­tional verge marker posts and bend warn­ing signs in the near fu­ture.’

Kin­lochleven res­i­dent Robert McC­ly­mont crashed at the cor­ner last month, re­sult­ing in his car be­ing writ­ten off.

Mr McC­ly­mont said he slipped on spilled diesel on the road, some­thing which he feels is a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence around Lochaber. He said: ‘Just be­fore the Onich ho­tel, I spun out of con­trol when I hit oil.

‘The car went off the road and it was a write-off. Had an HGV been com­ing in the other di­rec­tion, it would been fa­tal for my full car.

‘The prob­lem with diesel oil is that you can’t see it when it is spilled on the road. It’s lethal.’

Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes said: ‘I am aware of con­cerns about oil spills on the A82 and have con­tacted Trans­port Scot­land and Po­lice Scot­land to get fig­ures on oil spills and what has been done to deal with the prob­lem.

‘If there is more to be done, I will push Trans­port Scot­land to put a more ro­bust plan in place to en­sure there is no threat to road safety.’

The hay bales on the dan­ger­ous Onich crash cor­ner.

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