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Mercedes van driver airlifted to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth Hospital after A9 crash near Aviemore

By Ian Duncan

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A man had to be airlifted to hospital after he was cut free from his vehicle following a crash on the A9 near Aviemore.

The collision involved a 15-tonne military HGV and a Mercedes van at around 6.50pm yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the scene, near to the A95 Granish turn-off, and fire crews used cutting equipment to free the driver of the van.

His injuries were described by a Police Scotland spokeswoman as "serious but non-life threatening" and he was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow for further treatment.

The occupants of the lorry were uninjured.

The A9 was closed in both directions, to allow for the crash scene to be investigated and recovery of the vehicles, before being reopened at 11.30pm.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said firefighters were alerted by the Scottish Ambulance Service and six fire appliances attended the scene

She added the casualty, who was concious and breathing, was left in the care of paramedics and fire crews were able to leave the scene by 8.30pm.

Traffic was diverted through Aviemore and Carrbridge whilst emergency services were at the scene.

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