The main A857 road between Stornoway and Barvas was closed for several hours on Saturday morning (November 17th) after a single-vehicle road accident and a missing driver were reported to police.

The vehicle was found off the road with no-one in it by a passing driver around 7am and reported to Stornoway Police, who co-ordinated a multi-agency operation in the search for the driver.

Fire crews from Shawbost and Stornoway, Coastguard rescue teams from Stornoway, Bragar, South Lochs and Breasclete and the Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team all joined in a major search of moorland and roadside verges in the hunt for the driver, who was feared injured. Additional Coastguard teams from around the Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber area were attending an area meeting in Stornoway and also joined in the search, which covered a wide area.

The man was found at around 9.30am by Coastguard rescuers some seven miles from the site of the accident and was given immediate treatment at the scene. He was then transferred to Western Isles Hospital. Stornoway CRT described the incident as: “another successful example of multi-agency teamwork.”

The Barvas road was fully re-opened by 11am on Saturday.

Picture at the incident from HM Coastguard – Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber.