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Scotland: Heavy downpour causes multiple crashes and travel disruption

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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Scotland is facing a series of transportation challenges due to heavy rainfall, leading to multiple crashes and disruptions on roads and railways. The persistent and intense rainfall has triggered concerns over surface water flooding and the safety of travelers.

In western parts of the country, “extreme levels” of rain have been reported, prompting authorities to impose speed restrictions on train lines and issue flood warnings to drivers. These conditions have made travel hazardous, and commuters are urged to exercise caution.

One of the reported incidents occurred on the M90, where a southbound lane was blocked following a crash near junction 7 around 7:15 am. Police are currently at the scene, responding to the incident. Similarly, the M74, near Glasgow, experienced a blockage due to a collision between junctions five and four at around 7:30 am on Tuesday. Fortunately, this obstruction was cleared by approximately 7:55 am.

Flooding also played a role in disrupting traffic, leading to the closure of a lane on the Clydeside Expressway in Glasgow, affecting eastbound traffic.

These transportation disruptions follow a series of crashes on the previous day when heavy rainfall hit the region. Among the incidents, the M8 was blocked when a car overturned between Junctions 6 and 6A at Newhouse. Additionally, a crash on the A92, between Newport on Tay and the Tay Road Bridge, resulted in a 21-year-old woman being taken to the hospital.

The safety of commuters is of paramount concern, and authorities are working diligently to manage the impacts of the heavy rainfall and associated accidents. It underscores the importance of adhering to safety precautions and road conditions during adverse weather, especially when heavy rains can lead to hydroplaning and reduced visibility, posing risks to drivers and passengers alike. Efforts to address drainage and road maintenance during such conditions are crucial to ensuring safe travel in challenging weather situations.

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