Joint probe after worker killed during van recovery bid
AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a worker died while a vehicle was being recovered on a north-east road.
Police and health and safety bosses are now trying to establish the circumstances of the incident on the B999. Emergency services were called to the B999 at Udny Station at around 2am on Saturday. The road was closed for several hours in both directions while emergency services and investigators attended the scene. A van from Pitmedden Electrical Services could be seen on the grass just off the road, while a recovery vehicle at the scene was on its side. In a statement a spokesman for recovery company Kairdson Group said they were “deeply saddened” that one of their “most experienced colleagues” had died in the incident. They added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. He will be sorely missed. “A full investigation will be carried out, as is standard practice, into the details of this tragic incident in co-operation with the appropriate authorities.” A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a man sadly died following an incident on the B999 near Udny Station in the early hours of Saturday morning during the recovery of a vehicle. His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with them. “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full set of circumstances and officers are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive.” A spokeswoman said: “HSE is aware of the incident and is making inquiries alongside the police.” Pitmedden Electrical Services declined to comment on the incident. It follows callouts to a number of crashes over the weekend. Mid-formartine councillor Paul Johnston said: “It was a day of accidents which ended with tragic news of a death. “I think everybody here is shocked by the number of accidents and by this particular incident.” Elsewhere, a woman had to be cut out of her car after a crash on a north-east road. The incident, which involved two vehicles, happened on the A90 a mile-and-a-half north of Ellon at around 9.50am yesterday. It is not thought that she suffered any serious injuries. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service had to cut the roof off of the woman’s car. A road was also partially blocked following a separate incident on the A96 near to Huntly. The one-car incident occurred on the A96 near the town at around 6.05pm on Saturday. No one was injured in the crash, which involved one car, and the vehicle was removed by a local farmer. There was also a one-car crash on the B9033 near Gowanhill on the way to Cemetery Road, Fraserburgh, at around 2.10pm on Saturday. The person involved had minor injuries.
Emergency services at the scene of the serious incident on the B999 south of Pitmedden