American and German tourists in court after multiple crashes on A9

The two seperate crashes resulted in six people being taken to hospital on Saturday.

American and German tourists appear in court after multiple crashes on A9 © Google Maps 2024

Two tourists have appeared in court after multiple crashes on the A9.

Two drivers were arrested and six people were taken to hospital on Saturday after two separate crashes in the Highlands.

The two men appeared in the dock at Inverness Sheriff Court on separate road traffic offences on Monday.

They each made no plea and were released on bail.

The first incident occurred on the Ralia junction, near Newtonmore, shortly before 2pm on Saturday and involved a white Vauxhall Crossland and a blue Jaguar XF.

Two passengers of the Vauxhall, a 55-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man – were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Gunter Schmeig, 58-year-old and from Germany, appeared in court in connection to the incident on Monday.

The second incident occurred near the Lynwilg junction, south of Aviemore, around 5.25pm on Saturday and involved a white Vauxhall Corsa, a black Land Rover Discovery, a blue Ford Fiesta and a silver Volkswagen Amarok.

As a result of the incident, a 17-year-old male passenger from the Vauxhall Corsa was taken to Raigmore Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

A 54-year-old woman from the same vehicle was also taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

David Margil, 56-years-old and from Massachusetts in the USA, appeared in court in relation to the incident.

Sergeant Ally Mackay said: “Our investigation into both of these incidents are ongoing and I would urge anyone with information which has not yet been passed to police to get in touch.

“We would be keen to speak to anyone who witnessed either incident or who may have dashcam footage.

“You can call 101, quoting reference 1989 for Newtonmore or 2884 for Aviemore, both of August 5.”

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