Council van driver airlifted after crashing off Moray road

Fire and Ambulance crews worked for almost three hours to free man.

A MORAY COUNCIL van driver had to be airlifted from the scene of an accident on the B9016 Keith to Buckie road on Thursday afternoon.

Fire and Rescue Service teams had to work for almost three hours to release the man from his vehicle after it left the road, smashed through a fence and careered into trees.

The accident happened at around 3pm and left the Ford Transit wrecked with the most significant damage on the driver side. Firefighters worked in tandem with Paramedics to free the trapped driver who had been travelling with a passenger who was unhurt.

A police spokeswoman said that only one vehicle was involved in the accident, adding: “An air ambulance was requested and it left the scene at 6.20pm for Aberdeen.”

Three Fire and Rescue appliances attended the incident along with police and ambulance personnel. A spokeswoman for the Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called out at 3pm – the man was extracted from the vehicle at 5.50pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.”

The road remained closed until just after 8.30pm last night.