Storm Darcy: Chaos on Scots roads as cars overturn, M8 gridlocked and HGVs crash on M90

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Heavy snow has brought chaos to Scotland’s roads as numerous crashes have been reported on several motorways. Emergency services have been scrambling to accidents across the country as Storm Darcy continues to wreak havoc. Police are asking the public to stay at home and only make essential journeys amid heavy snowfall.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until 9pm for much of the country, which a separate amber weather warning is in place for the central belt and east coast.

a view of a highway: Crash on the M8 eastbound at junction 6 Newhouse brings traffic to a standstill (C) Traffic Scotland Crash on the M8 eastbound at junction 6 Newhouse brings traffic to a standstill

A car crashed on the M90 southbound at the Halbeath off slip near Dunfermline at 4.28am. It is understood a lorry jack-knifed and no one was injured. At 5.25am the M8 eastbound was closed off at junction 6, Newhouse, after an accident on the road.

Injuries are currently unknown. On the M90 southbound at Friarton Bridge near Perth a crash involving two lorries which collided before crashing into the barrier. Cops raced to the scene at 6.25am.

The road was cleared at 7am but caused long tailbacks. Neither drivers were injured in the collision. A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We attended a two vehicle road traffic crash about 6.05am this morning on the southbound carriageway of the M90 near Friarton Bridge.

Two lorries in collision and slight damage to barrier. No injuries.” At 8.05am there was another accident on the M8 westbound at junction 6 near Airdrie resulting in one lane being closed off and traffic slow on the approach.

Five minutes later a further accident was reported on the M8, eastbound blocking one lane at junction 6 Newhouse. It is unknown if either crash resulted in injuries. At 8.15am a lorry jack-knifed on the M90 southbound between junction 9 and 8 in Perth and Kinross.

No one was injured as a result of the crash. A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were alerted to a lorry on the southbound carriageway stopped and holding back traffic about two miles south of Bridge of Earn, between Junction 8 and Junction 9 on the M90. “Lorry reported to have jack-knifed.

No report of any injuries.” Police and ambulance crews were called out to the A85 between Dunbeg and Oban after a car overturned on the road. at 8.30am. Officers sealed off the road and three people were rushed to hospital by ambulance.

The car has now been removed from the road to be recovered later and the road has reopened. A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “”Around 7.30 am on Tuesday, 9 February, 2021, police attended a one vehicle rtc on the A85 near to the Halfway filling station, Dunbeg. Three people have been taken to hospital by ambulance.

“The road was closed for approximately one hour. Enquiries into the circumstances continue.” At 8.35 an HGV was being recovered on the A68 South of Pathhead, Midlothian, as police sealed off the road.

Two gritters arrived to plough and treat the route once it re-opened. Meanwhile, the Tay Road Bridge was closed southbound at 7.50am after a number of vehicles got stuck. This has now reopened but drivers face long tailbacks due to adverse weather conditions.

Road Policing Scotland said on Twitter: “We’ve had a busy morning already in #JDRPU rescuing motorists and attending crashes. “Please, please, only drive today if its absolutely essential. If you really must drive, slow down, keep a bigger distance from vehicles in front and pack warm clothing, water and food.”

Police Scotland have been approached by the Daily Record for a comment.

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