Pedestrian dies in car collision leaving road closed

The A78 at Inverkip is likely to remain closed for 'some time' following crash that left 40-year-old man dead.

Pedestrian dies in car collision leaving road closed

A man has died after being hit by a car on a main road through Inverclyde.

The 40-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash on the A78 at Inverkip at around 3am.

The 38-year-old driver of a silver Rover car involved in the collision was uninjured.

Sergeant Mark McGowan said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this tragic time.

“Investigations into the crash are ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw a man walking to contact officers on 101, quoting 0361 of 19 August

The A78 at Inverkip remains closed in both directions and motorists are being diverted via Largs.

Traffic Scotland said the road is likely to remain closed for “some time”.

Inverclyde Council said the road closure is affecting local schools, with Wemyss Bay primary unable to open at the normal time due to staff being unable to pass through Inverkip.

The council said staff travelled from the other direction to open the school and a message has been sent to parents about school transport for pupils.

Buses were unable to pick up pupils from Wemyss Bay and Inverkip to take them to schools in Greenock and Gourock – meaning some had to seek alternative modes of transport.