DUMFRIES MAN KILLED IN A701 TRAGEDY
Workmates yesterday paid tribute to the Dumfries van driver who was killed in a road smash near Amisfield.
“Gentle giant” Mike David Reid, 63, died at the scene on the A701 on Wednesday after his Iveco Daily flat bed pick-up was in collision with a tanker lorry.
The 55-year-old driver of the white Scania lorry, also from Dumfries, was uninjured in the crash.
Mr Reid worked for nine years for SBS in the town’s St Mary’s Industrial Estate.
The firm supply upvc building products and one colleague described him as “a gentle giant” and added: “Mike was a top bloke, a nicer fella you couldn’t hope to meet.
“The whole place is in total shock. Everybody here knew him and liked him.
“We got a phone call to the office after the accident and we knew something serious was wrong.
“Mike was a big rugby fan and liked following Scotland games.”
Police Scotland have appealed for witnesses to the crash which happened at about 1.45pm.
The road was closed for almost 10 hours while police carried out a probe into the tragedy.
Sergeant Leigh McCulloch from the Trunk Roads Patrol Group said: “A full crash scene investigation was carried out and the road was closed until around 11pm on Wednesday night.
“We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this collision and would ask that they contact us on the 101 number, quoting reference PDG 0027660218.”
Collision Police officers and fire and rescue service crew members beside the Scania lorry which was involved in the crash on the A701 on Wednesday afternoon