Rush hour A96 delays were caused by broken down crane

Crane was finally removed in early hours (pic: Russell James Low)
Crane was finally removed in early hours (pic: Russell James Low)

MONDAY EVENING’S RUSH hour traffic delays on the A96 in Moray were caused by a broken down and stranded mobile crane, police explained last night.

Efforts to move the crane – which had straddled the road in what police described as an “awkward” position – took around four hours after it had ran into trouble around 4pm.

The incident happened at the Spey Bridge roundabout near Fochabers and left eastbound traffic facing tailbacks of around two miles. As police directed traffic past the stricken crane it was proving difficult to traverse in particular for heavy goods vehicles.

“The crane broke down in an awkward position on the roundabout,” a police spokesman said, adding: “Due to its size it took quite an effort to remove it from the road.

“We could not just push it off and so it was proving difficult.”

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