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Thoughts with bereaved family after A9 crash, says Inverness and Nairn MSP

By Val Sweeney

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Inverness and Nairn MSP Fergus Ewing says his thoughts are with Mr Bannerman's family.
Inverness and Nairn MSP Fergus Ewing says his thoughts are with Mr Bannerman's family.

Inverness and Nairn MSP Fergus Ewing has said his thoughts are with the bereaved family following a fatal crash on the A9 near Aviemore.

Roy Bannerman (60), of Evanton, died following the crash which happened on Tuesday March 5.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow with serious injuries but died on Friday March 8.

As tributes poured in via social media, Mr Ewing – who has campaigned for the dualling of the A9 to be completed –

passed on his condolences.

He said: "All our thoughts are for the family who are tragically bereaved.

"It has been accepted by the Scottish Government that dualling will reduce the appalling loss of life.

"This is yet another loss. I will continue to press for swifter progress and removal from the outline plan of the caveats that the duelling of the northern sections are subject to unspecified factors – as this casts doubt over the commitments made."

A9 campaigner Laura Hansler, who lives near the trunk road at Kincraig, said: "I’m absolutely devastated to hear of this local, and yet another preventable and needless loss of life, my thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with all Mr Bannerman's family and friends and our wider communities."

Others also posted heartfelt messages and condolences to the family.

Mr Bannerman was driving a Skoda Octavia when the two-vehicle crash happened about 1.45pm near Lynwilg.

The driver of the other vehicle, a Toyota Hilux, an 18-year-old man, was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and has since been released.

Police officers are continuing to appeal for information and ask that anyone who can help, who has not yet come forward, to please make contact with Police Scotland.

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