Scotland: Woman killed and two others injured after car racing in Snowman Rally nr Loch Ness collided with spectators – 160213 1800z

Emergency services are currently attending an incident at Stage 1 of the Highland Car Club Snowman Rally at Glenurquhart Forest, Balnain.

The event has been abandoned and members of the Northern Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit are in attendance along with members of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

From initial information it would appear that a car involved in the rally left the track and collided with spectators.

Police can confirm that a 50-year-old woman has sustained fatal injuries and an eight year old boy has been taken to Raigmore Hospital for treatment.

The boy’s condition is not believed to be life threatening.

Neither the driver or the co-driver of the vehicle was injured as a result of the incident.

The details of the deceased will not be issued until all next of kin have been informed.

Members of the Northern Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit will be carrying out a full road collision investigation and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

The race is the opening round of the 2013 Scottish Rally Championship.

Dave Robson, Chairman of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship said: The Management Committee, competitors and officials of the SRC extend their condolences to the families of those involved in today’s incident on Special Stage 1 of the Snowman Rally.

We offer our committed support to Highland Car Club and all those affected at this difficult time”.

Update: Northern Constabulary says a third person has been injured, but ‘walking wounded’ in rally crash near Loch Ness

Glow in the Dark Highways

This seems like an excellent idea, but what happens on very dull days with little sunlight?

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The Netherlands is hoping to spice up its highways, with a futuristic solution for safer driving conditions and greener technology.

By mid-2013, the country will use photo-luminizing powder to replace road markings and ultimately produce glow-in-the-dark tarmacs, Wired.Co.UK reports.

The powder will charge on sunlight, soaking up enough energy to power 10 hours worth of highway light during nighttime. Special paint will also be used to draw snowflakes across the roads. The snowflakes will only become visible when the temperature dips to a certain point, indicating to commuters that the surface is likely slippery.

Within the next five years, the Netherlands hopes to add interactive lights along highway routes that power on when cars pass them and even wind-powered illumination.

Daan Roosegaarde, the designer of the concept, said he felt it was time for roads to “become intelligent, useful drivers of information.” He hopes to also bring glow-in-the-dark roadways…

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UK: Motorists urged not to drive through floodwater after strandings and a death

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to be aware of possible flooding and reminding drivers not to risk their lives by driving through any flood water.

Fire crews attended seven separate incidents across Devon and Somerset over the last two days in which vehicles had become stuck in flood water.

Group Manager Laurie Adams said: “There is the potential for heavy, localised downpours as people are driving to work on Tuesday morning.

“We would urge them to drive safely according to the conditions and not to attempt to drive through flood water.”

People should bear in mind the following safety tips:

• do not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water. There may be collapsed culverts hidden below the surface which you may drive into and become trapped

• if your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately if safe to do so and seek higher ground

• do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains

Mike Dunning, spokesperson for the Environment Agency, said: “We fully endorse the message not to drive through flood water as it could be extremely dangerous.”

Today a man died after the car he was travelling in was submerged in water near Compton Wood, Newbury

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Terrafugia’s Flying Car Debuts at the New York International Auto Show

Transition by Terrafugua

There are two flying cars at this year’s New York International Auto Show. A video of the PAL-V, a flying car/gyrocopter, can be seen here.

The second vehicle is The Transition by Terrafugia. The Transition is a plane that has wings that fold up for driving. Terrafugia bills it as a “street-legal airplane.” Here is a video with SmartMoney’s Kelli Grant talking to Terrafugia’s vice president of business development Richard Gersh at the auto show as well as a publicity video from Terrafugia. Gersh says they expect to be in production and delivering flying cars by the end of the year. However, there is a three year backlog for ordering one. Take a look:

Photo: Terrafugia

Posted on April 6, 2012

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