Highlands & Islands

Woman in Western Isles loch car incident named

A woman who died after her car left the road and ended up in a loch on Harris in the Western Isles has been named by police.

Lorna MacDonald, from Stornoway, was 26 and had worked as a speech therapist.

The incident happened at 16:00 on Thursday on the A859 between Tarbert and Leverburgh.

Ms MacDonald was taken by ambulance to the Western Isles Hospital where she died. Witnesses to the incident have been asked to contact the police.

Lifting equipment was deployed to recover the vehicle, which went into the loch about half a mile from Horsacleit.

It is not known whether gale force winds in the area contributed to the crash. Northern Constabulary said conditions were particularly wild.

Police, Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service and coastguard personnel were involved in the recovery operation.

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