Hay bale bid to prevent fatal accident at notorious corner
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.