Shock after biker killed in col­li­sion

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEVEN RAE

COMMUNITY lead­ers have to­day spo­ken of their shock when a mo­tor­cy­clist died after be­ing in­volved in a col­li­sion with a minibus.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the A923 be­tween Dundee and Coupar An­gus yes­ter­day after re­ports of a twove­hi­cle smash just be­fore 12.30pm.

The Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice dis­patched a trauma team to the crash scene, but did not take any­one to hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed that a man died at the scene fol­low­ing the col­li­sion.

A spokes­woman for the force said his next of kin had been in­formed.

An­gus coun­cil­lor Sheila Hands, whose Moni­fi­eth and Sid­law ward in­cludes the crash site, said: “This is a real tragedy.

“When I heard the road had been closed for a long time yes­ter­day, I knew it wasn’t go­ing to be good news.

“My heart was in my mouth and I re­mem­ber think­ing ‘Oh, no’.

“We do not know the full cir­cum­stances yet as to how the crash hap­pened, but sadly it isn’t the first fa­tal ac­ci­dent we have had on the stretch of road.

“At this dif­fi­cult time, my thoughts are with the fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased and with the other driver, whose life may have changed for­ever.”

Coun­cil­lor Craig Fother­ing­ham, who also serves the Moni­fi­eth and Sid­law ward, said: “My heart goes out to the fam­ily of the per­son killed. There have been a num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties on that road and a num­ber of peo­ple’s lives have been changed for­ever.”

A Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokes­woman said: “We re­ceived a call at 12.22pm yes­ter­day to at­tend a road traf­fic col­li­sion on the A923.

“We dis­patched two am­bu­lances and a trauma team to the scene. No one was taken to hos­pi­tal.”

The road was closed for sev­eral hours while of­fi­cers from Po­lice Scot­land car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent. The area’s school bus ser­vices were also af­fected.

Po­lice have urged any­one who wit­nessed the col­li­sion to con­tact the force.

Po­lice at the scene of the crash on the A923 be­tween Dundee and Coupar An­gus.

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