Canal boat brings traf­fic to stand­still af­ter crash,

Ves­sel comes off trailer and lands in cen­tre of road

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CALUM ROSS

A boat brought traf­fic to a stand­still on the north’s busiest road yes­ter­day af­ter ca­reer­ing off its trailer and crash­ing through the cen­tral reser­va­tion.

Po­lice were called to the un­usual ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a Sea Ot­ter canal boat on the A9 Perth to In­ver­ness road, near Daviot, at about 1.18pm yes­ter­day.

A hol­i­day­maker from the Ox­ford area had been tow­ing the ves­sel north on his way to en­joy a trip on the fa­mous Cale­do­nian Canal.

But just a few miles be­fore reach­ing In­ver­ness, the boat came off the over­turned trailer and landed in the mid­dle of the cen­tral reser­va­tion, par­tially block­ing both the north and south­bound lanes on the dual car­riage­way.

Speak­ing at the scene, the boat owner said: “A lorry came past very close which started the boat wob­bling, and then I hit a bump which fin­ished it off.”

He added: “The boat hasn’t sus­tained much dam­age. Sea Ot­ter make a good boat. Most of the dam­age is to the in­side and the fit­tings.”

Wit­nesses said the man ap­peared shocked and was tended to by po­lice of­fi­cers at the scene, but did not re­quire any fur­ther med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Po­lice con­firmed that no one was in­jured in the ac­ci­dent. The fallen canal boat caused ma­jor dis­rup­tion on the A9 for sev­eral hours through­out the af­ter­noon, with long queues re­ported sev­eral miles back on the road.

A lane ini­tially re­mained open in both di­rec­tions but north­bound traf­fic was later halted for a pe­riod as the ves­sel was re­cov­ered from the cen­tral reser­va­tion.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Mo­torists are ad­vised to ex­pect de­lays on the A9 south of In­ver­ness af­ter a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a canal boat.

“The boat was be­ing towed on a trailer when it was in­volved in the in­ci­dent near Daviot at about 1.18pm.

“No­body was in­jured and one lane is now open in each di­rec­tion.

“How­ever, road users are ad­vised to ex­pect dis­rup­tion in the area as re­cov­ery is ex­pected to take some time.”

“A lorry came past very close which started the boat wob­bling”

HIGH AND DRY: Traf­fic had to nav­i­gate around this canal boat yes­ter­day af­ter it came off its trailer on the A9 south of In­ver­nesss

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