Joint probe af­ter worker killed dur­ing van re­cov­ery bid

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY ADELE MERSON

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

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