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A 78-year-old man is today (Friday 30 July) in a critical condition in hospital in Glasgow, after a one-car road accident on Wednesday evening.

The main road from Stornoway to Barvas was closed for the whole day yesterday after the accident, which happened around 10.20pm at Newmarket, two miles from Stornoway.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the collision, which involved a silver Suzuki Grand Vitara.

A 78-year-old man who was a passenger in the car was taken to Western Isles Hospital with serious injuries, before being transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where his condition is described as critical.

The driver, a 52-year-old woman, was also taken to Western Isles Hospital and released after receiving treatment.

Road Policing Officer Neil MacDonald said: “Our enquiries into the cause of this crash are ongoing and we are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time to get in touch.

“In particular we are keen to speak to anyone who saw the car or who may have dash-cam footage that can help with our investigation.

“If you can assist please contact us on 101, quoting incident number 3727 of Wednesday 28 July 2021.”

Diversions were in place throughout the day yesterday until the road out of Stornoway to Barvas reopened at 6.20pm last night. Investigations were carried out at the scene by members of the Dingwall-based Road Policing Unit, who arrived on the lunchtime ferry.