Huge queues built up along major roads leading to the Manor roundabout in Stornoway tonight (Wednesday) after traffic heading towards Barvas and Tong was halted by an accident.

The accident reportedly involved a taxi and car and took place near the Cearns turn-off on the road to Laxdale.

The incident began around 4.45pm and by 5.40pm traffic queues still extended down Bayhead as far as the Bridge Centre.

Drivers reported queues lasting up until 6pm more than an hour after the incident began.  Some reported the jam remained stationary outside the hospital for more than ten minutes after 5.15pm.

Police were called out to direct the traffic, drivers reported.

(Updated from original report with additional information from drivers)