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Tuesday, 4 February, 2003, 17:26 GMT
Two die as blizzards cause havoc
A96 crash
One person died in an accident on the A96
Two people were killed in separate road accidents as blizzards caused havoc in parts of Scotland.

Hundreds of schools have been closed in the north and north-east, giving tens of thousands of children the day off.

The icy weather also left thousands of people without power on Tuesday morning.

The weather led to the closure of roads in the Highlands, north east, Tayside, Borders and central Scotland.

Snow plough
Roads across the country have been affected
Two drivers died in accidents in the Grampian region.

The first collision, at about 1040 GMT, involved a car and a bus on the A96 between Colpy and Huntly.

Grampian Police said the car driver died in the accident.

One of the four passengers on the single-decker Stagecoach-Bluebird, which was travelling from Aberdeen to Inverness, sustained a head injury.

The bus driver was taken to hospital, although it is not known the extent of his injuries.

Roads closed

Another car driver died following a collision involving a lorry on the A90 Stonehaven to Laurencekirk road at about 1100 GMT.

The road was closed in both directions.

Grampian police said that three vehicles were involved in accidents on the A96 Blackburn to Inverurie road, which was described as a sheet of ice, but no-one was injured.

Electricity engineers battled throughout the morning to restore supplies to thousands of homes and businesses.

Children playing in the snow
School closures affected thousands of children
At one stage, about 4,000 customers in the north Highlands were left without electricity.

However, power was restored in the area by lunchtime.

Supplies were also switched back on in Orkney, where almost every home was without power early on Tuesday.

However, about 300 people were still without electricity in the Laurencekirk/Brechin area on Tuesday afternoon, as were a further 75 properties in parts of Aberdeenshire.

More than 460 schools were closed in the north half of Scotland, giving at least 80,000 children a day off - many of them for the second day running.

Match postponed

Another eight schools were closed in Dumfries and Galloway as a result of the weather, affecting nearly 900 pupils.

The Scottish Cup replay between Aberdeen and Queen of the South has been postponed due to adverse weather and travel conditions.

The cup tie between Hamilton and Queen's Park has also been postponed.

Temperatures are expected to remain low again through Tuesday evening and into Wednesday, with further snow showers likely in northern Scotland.

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