Published: 13/07/2012 15:06 - Updated: 13/07/2012 15:22

Fire drama keeps A9 stretch shut to cars

Written byBy Alex Johnston

Firefighters fought the flames for over six hours
Firefighters fought the flames for over six hours

EMERGENCY repair work is being carried out on the A9 south of Inverness after an early morning lorry fire caused heat damage to the road.

One lane opened at 3pm to allow HGVs only to pass, because vehicles over 14.5ft cannot pass under a low bridge on the diversion.

Work to resurface the damaged stretch of road is ongoing, and emergency services do not know how long it will take to make the surface safe.

A Northern Constabulary spokesperson said: "The A9 near Granish will continue to be closed apart from letting HGVs through on one lane."

Car drivers could still face delays as diversions are in place from the Granish junction through Carrbridge, returning to the A9 at the Blackmount junction. The diversion for southbound traffic is the reverse of this route.

The fire on the Scania articulated lorry was reported at midnight, and there is no information on casualties, although the lorry’s load has been destroyed.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said the service was not called to the incident.

A spokesperson for Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service said: “The call came in at midnight, and appliances were sent from Inverness, Kingussie and Aviemore.

“Appliances were out for most of the night. The pump from Aviemore reported back at 6.23am.

“As far as we are aware, there were no injuries.”

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