Emergency services called to Rothienorman tanker crash
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Emergency services were called to a serious road traffic accident in Rothienorman yesterday evening involving and articulated tanker lorry which was believed to be carrying slurry efflient and a small Caddy van at the cross road junction in the centre of the village which blocked the B9001 to for several hours.
Several Scottish Fire and Rescue crews, ambulances, doctors and the police were in attendance, with the main road closed to traffic at Drum of Wartle for several hours as an investigation and clean up got underway.
Aberdeenshire Councillor for Turriff and District Alastair Forsyth who lives at Rothie Inn Farm a few meters from the junction became aware of the crash as traffic built up outside his residence.
He said: "I was aware of a commotion outside and I realised that something serious had occurred.
"My neighbor Laraine Thomson who owns the Rothie Inn along with other locals were helping to guide traffic through her car park at the Inn.
"They had been caught up in the incident and she helped them to continue their journey.
"Damage has also been caused to a neighbors garden wall."
Councillor Forsyth campaigned for the 30MPH speed limit in Rothienorman to be extended further towards the north and south of the village after local residents had made their concerns known and feared that an incident might occur.
The limits were amended by road engineers at Aberdeenshire Council recently however, Councillor Forsyth said that some drivers appear to deliberately ignore the speed limits and the radar signals that warn of excess speed.
He has on several occasions witnessed drivers gesticulating to residents when their speeding is observed by pedestrians walking with their children on the pavements along the B9001.