Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Kenny Mac­Don­ald

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

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