An investigation was under way today after a car ended up in a deep ditch left open by AWPR workers.
A woman is understood to have driven into the hole and badly damaged her car while other motorists – including a busy bus – only stopped short after being flagged down by a member of the public.
One local resident told the Evening Express the accident had been caused by a lack of cones across the road at the site on the southbound carriageway of the A90 beside Blackdog.
The resident, who witnessed the incident, said he was driving home along the main road when he noticed the car in the ditch.
He said: “She was shaken up. I said ‘it’s not your fault’.
“If I had come out (of the junction) I would probably have done the same.
“They had to get a big tow truck to get her car out.
“It was lucky the woman wasn’t really badly injured.”
The resident, who did not want to be named, stood beside the road and narrowly managed to flag down a double-decker bus carrying passengers which was about to hit the same ditch on the dual carriageway.
He said: “A bus came round and I managed to stop it before it landed on the ditch.
“If the woman hadn’t gone in then it would have been the bus.
“They had been working on the road until about 5pm then they went away, left all the cones and the diversion open. Nobody had a clue what was going on.”
It has been confirmed Police Scotland and the contractor behind the work, Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL), are currently investigating the matter.
Councillor Jim Gifford, who represents the area, said: “It is difficult just now with the AWPR.
“This was always going to be the time we had the most problems but something like that just shouldn’t happen.
“There’s obviously an investigation going forward and hopefully someone will get to the bottom of it quickly.”
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident that took place on the A90 near Blackdog.
“Both Transport Scotland and the contractor for the works, ARL, regard public safety as paramount.
“ARL have confirmed they attended the incident along with Police Scotland and are currently investigating to ensure that appropriate actions are taken and lessons learned are implemented in the future planning of traffic management.”