Warning to drivers after metal shard spill

Shards of metal recovered from multiple tyres following a lorry spill on the outskirts of Peterhead two weeks ago
Shards of metal recovered from multiple tyres following a lorry spill on the outskirts of Peterhead two weeks ago

Motorists are being urged to check their tyres following a recent spill of small metal shards.

The metal pieces are believed to have appeared near the Invernettie roundabout on the outskirts of Peterhead some time between the evening of Monday, April 22 and the morning of Tuesday, April 23.

Motorists were affected after driving between the A90 roundabout and the bypass.

Local garages as far out as Ellon saw the number of customers increase following the spill and are still seeing affected tyres, two weeks after the initial incident.

Speaking yesterday (Monday) Jane Oliver, owner of Zip Tyres, said: “We have had three people come in today who have suffered.

“If the metal doesn’t pierce initially, it will work its way in.”

Work at the garage has been non-stop as she explained: “We have had at least a couple of hundred customers affected but it feels like more. We don’t know if more people will come in.

“I phoned round Mac Tyres and Peterhead Motors and we are all in the same boat.

“We had a customer with a brand new 13 plate car who had all four tyres punctured, I think they had the worst of it.”

Owner of Mac Tyres, Louise Wilkie, said: “We have had well over a hundred customers affected and in one day we had 40 people.

“Some just had punctures which were repairable but it is unfortunate.”

Just like Zip Tyres, Louise has seen customers come in well after the incident and is encouraging drivers to be more aware as she said: “Check your tyres but if you are not sure what to look for, just come in.”

Police Scotland are currently investigating the incident and Louise added: “I hope the police take some action because it is a shame to all those who have been affected.”