Crash on the A9

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Tourist cut free from car after crash with camper van on A9

    Motorists are warned to expect delays near Dunkeld after the van and a car collided.

    A9 Information Map
    http://www.thea9.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55&Itemid=57

     
  2. matamoros

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    "and many are now calling for the entire A9 to be dualled. "

    Which it should have been in the first place, parts of that road are lethal especially where the dualled sections are split on two levels and then merge into a single carriageway. Only recently I read somewhere (possibly here) of an inquest into a couple killed on a motorcycle after colliding with a German (I think ) tourist who mistakenly thought that he was still on a dualled section.
    Perhaps we may also get some facilities for large vehicles, 100 miles without proper facilities, especially for HGV's is ridiculous.
    Incidentally off up there tomorrow to visit brother in law at Beauly.
     
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    That road should have been dualled years ago.
    It's always been dangerous.
     
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    Priorite a droit - in Scotland - bad idea.
     
  6. Stephen & Jeannie

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    I told you so !!!

    Some time ago there was a post extolling the A9 and what a wonderful road it was...I replied saying that it was an ectremely dangerous road ! I was poo, poed by the poster who reiterated that it was the driver, not the road..It would appear that subsequent events have proved me correct !!!
    SO THERE !!!!!!!!! :moon::moon::moon:

    Extremely even !!!!!!
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    KNICKERS !!

    Did the road lurch and throw the silly froggy into the the path of the MH ?

    NO.

    Is it not a beautiful road ?

    YES.

    Just look at this road, I put it to you that it is a fine road, with a cute station and is totally innocent of case brought against it.

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Dun...=5Mn0u3zIqnPy-lViHuuxmQ&cbp=12,300.51,,0,10.6
     
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  8. GJH

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    I don't know the area but, looking at Google maps, the junction concerned seems to have plenty of visibility to the north and south.

    According to the report the French vehicle was exiting the junction and turning right onto the northbound side but was hit by the MH as it crossed the southbound lane. That, and the picture in the report, would suggest that the collision occurred because the French driver pulled out when the MH was too close, rather than any fault of the road design.
     
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    Members of the jury, I rest my case, you have no alternative but to find the A9 innocent of all charges.
     
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    I'm with Hildweller on this. I think the A9 is a great road, particularly for us motorhomers who are not in a tearing hurry to get somewhere. Of course you have to concentrate but is that not the case on all roads? I agree that there are parts where you have to think whether it is dual or not but surely putting up regular signage on these parts would be a damned sight cheaper than dualling it all.

    Keep it as it is, IMHO.

    Any fellow funsters on it on Saturday afternoon? We will be heading south, and enjoying every minute of it.:BigGrin:

    Phil
     
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    Statistical this is a dangerous road.. it's easy to blame drivers.. yes, most accidents are caused by driver error or misjudgement, but this does not negate the facts.

    According to gov. figures:
    More lives were lost on the A9 over a five-year period than any other road in Scotland,

    From 2002 to 2006, 69 people died as a result of accidents on the route and 1,085 accidents.. which equates to an accident every second day on this road. It is unacceptable for one road to cause so many accidents and fatalities.

    A spokesman for the RAC Foundation said: “Any road that is heavily used by commuters or heavy goods vehicles really must be able to handle the increasing volume of traffic we are now seeing."

    “For a major road like the A9 not to be fully dualled raises some serious safety issues and increases the likelihood of accidents.”
     
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    The latest risk map for Scotland - Here - shows the A9 as Low-medium risk (the second lowest of the five categories).
     
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    It's one of the longest roads in Scotland with many tourists, many of these foreign.

    But by all means improve it.

    In fact they are up towards Aviemore.
     
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