AN accident on the A90 near Fourdon last Friday, which tragically claimed the lives of two scientists, has prompted fresh calls for the road to be upgraded.
Two cars were involved in the collision on the northbound carriageway just after 4pm.
The two who died, Dr Stewart Rhind (61), and Dr Julian Dawson (42), both worked for Aberdeen-based research centre, The James Hutton institute.
The drivers of the two cars were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, with a spinal injury and fractures. Their injuries were described as being serious but not life threatening.
However, the latest tragedy on this stretch of the A90 has reignited calls from campaigners who are fighting for a flyover to be built at Laurencekirk.
Chairman of regional transport partnership Nestrans, Councillor Peter Argyll, said: “Nestrans has been pressing the Scottish Government and their agency transport Scotland for years on the absolute need for a grade-seperated junction at Laurencekirk as a vital step in improving the A90.”
“It is surely time for the Scottish government and transport Scotland to stop prevaricating and undertake the simple and relatively inexpensive task of providing the urgently needed grade-seperated junction at Laurencekirk.”
A spokesman for the Scottish government said officials would be meeting with police and Bear Scotland to learn more about the accident and to see if there were lessons to be learned.
He said: “On road safety more generally, we will continue to work with both Aberdeenshire and Angus Councils to deliver improvements.”
Local councillor Jean Dick expressed her sympathies to the people involved in the tragedy.
She said: “It is just dreadful. It makes you shudder and I would just send my condolences to the families of the two people who have died and best wishes to those that have been injured.”
She described the A90 running through the Mearns as a “death trap”.
“In January and February there have been an awful lot of accidents. There has, of course, been a lot of bad weather, and we do not know the circumstances of this accident so I do not know how we can actually relate this particular accident or other crashes to the junction campaign, but people treat dual carriageways like motorways and they are not.
“There are people crossing this dual carriageway all the way along and it’s a death trap.”
Grampian Police are appealing for information following Friday night’s accident which involved a silver Vauxhall Astra estate and a black SAAB 93.
Following the collision the road was closed to allow collision investigation and following the removal of the vehicles and the surface being cleaned, it was reopened fully at 12.30am on Saturday 9 March. Diversions had been put in place, though considerable congestion was caused in the area.
Inspector Kevin Wallace, the Senior Investigating Officer said: “This has been a tragic incident which has impacted on a number of families, the thoughts of myself and my staff are with them at this time.”
“It is important that we establish the sequence of events which led to this collision and we need the assistance of the public in this respect.”
“We know there were a number of cars on this section of road prior to and at the time of the collision, including a number using the junctions giving access to Auchenblae and Tulloch. I am aware that some drivers using the road were returning home after working in the North East during the week and indeed those who had been outwith the area, I am keen to reach out to them and secure their assistance.”
“Every person in the area at the time will be able to help us build an accurate picture of the events. I would urge those individuals to contact Grampian Police or their local Police Force through the non emergency telephone number 101 and allow us to record and consider what they saw.”
“I would also like to thank the public for their cooperation and patience during the initial emergency response to this collision and the subsequent road closure.”