Business owners next to Muirtown Locks, Inverness, have called for crash barriers to be installed after a man died driving his car into the Caledonian Canal.

The Inverness Courier reported that police retrieved the body of a man in his vehicle from the water on Wednesday (December 14th) evening.

Eyewitnesses said that the man was driving towards the shops next to the locks when he missed the security bollards and plunged into the canal.

Following the incident business owners have urged the council to install new bollards and barriers to prevent a similar accident happening again.

Kevin Clark, manager of City Taxis describing the scene from CCTV footage, told the source: "If you notice, there are barriers further down the canal. Even if three bollards were put in there at that spot, it would save lives. It is as simple as that."

Inverness West councillors agree that something needs to be done and have backed the calls for new measures to prevent these incidents occurring again.

Drivers on the M5 will also be subject to accident-preventing barriers as the council carries out work to improve the motorway.

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