Tayside and Central Scotland

Low sun warning as 16 vehicles caught up in A92 pile-up

Police have issued a warning about "inappropriate driving for the conditions" after 16 vehicles were involved in a series of crashes on the A92 Arbroath to Dundee road.

Cars collided or swerved off the road in three pile-ups along a half-mile stretch of the dual carriageway between Arbroath and Salmondsmuir on Tuesday.

Six people were injured, four of whom were taken to Ninewells Hospital.

The road was affected by a low sun at the time of the crashes.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Weather is often blamed for causing accidents, but the real cause is often inappropriate driving for the conditions that exist.

"Reduced daylight hours and the possibility of inclement weather place additional demands on all road users.

"Low sun can make it difficult to see and a dirty, greasy or damaged windscreen can make this worse.

"Reduce your speed, keep your distance from the vehicle in front and prepare for driving by keeping your vehicle well maintained before you take to the road."

The fire service and paramedics were called to the scene along with police following the crashes at 16:45 on Tuesday.

The westbound carriageway was closed entirely for some time, with one lane remaining closed overnight while vehicles were recovered.

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