Scotland

Gritter overturns during icy weather near Appin

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gritter accident Image copyright Stewart Gourlay
Image caption BEAR Scotland said the driver was uninjured and the vehicle has been recovered

The driver of a gritting lorry was taken to hospital after the vehicle overturned as snow and ice continued to affect many parts of Scotland.

The lorry rolled down an embankment beside the A828 near Appin, in Argyll and Bute, at about 03:30 on Wednesday.

Bear Scotland said the driver was uninjured but left shaken after the incident.

A spokeswoman confirmed no other vehicles were involved and a full accident investigation was under way.

Temperatures are set to drop further on Thursday, with -14 (7F) predicted for parts of Scotland.

The deepest snowfall recorded by the Met Office at 09:00 on Wednesday was 11cm (4in) at Tulloch Bridge, Inverness-shire.

More than 40 schools across the Highlands were closed due to the weather conditions.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice affecting many parts of Scotland from 17:00 on Wednesday until 11:00 on Thursday.

More snow could fall in the eastern part of the country on Thursday afternoon, and a further yellow warning is in place for parts of north and east Scotland on Thursday night and Friday morning.

BBC weather presenter Simon King said Thursday morning is likely to be "the coldest start to the winter so far".

Much of the country will see temperatures well below freezing, with -14C (7F) possible in rural Aberdeenshire, he added.

Police Scotland said the gritter overturned on the A828 near the Old Inn.

A spokeswoman said: "The driver was taken to hospital as a precaution but we have not been made aware of any serious injuries.

"As the lorry had left the road, it wasn't blocking it, but we put up police tape to make it safe. Bear Scotland were making arrangements for the recovery of the vehicle."


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