Fam­i­lies pay trib­ute to those killed in north-east col­li­sion

Five peo­ple died when a 4x4 and minibus col­lided on the A96 near Keith

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - STEPHEN WALSH

The grief-stricken fam­i­lies of five peo­ple killed in one of the worst north-east crashes in re­cent mem­ory have paid trib­ute to their loved ones.

Ted Reid, 63, Eva­lyn Col­lie, 69, and Au­drey Ap­pleby, 70, were trav­el­ling home from a coun­try mu­sic night when the 4x4 they were in col­lided with a minibus full of Ital­ian tourists head­ing north from Tay­side.

De­spite the des­per­ate ef­forts of passersby and paramedics, they could not be saved and died at the scene.

The driver of the 4x4, Morag Smith, was taken to Dr Gray’s in El­gin.

Two peo­ple from the minibus – fouryear-old Lorenzo Cio­ci­ola and 63-yearold Frances Sal­iba Patane – also died.

Lorenzo’s mother Con­cetta, 33, re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal.

His fa­ther, Al­fredo, 45, three-year-old brother Fed­erico and a 70-year-old man suf­fered non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

Yes­ter­day, it emerged the group had made the trip from Si­cily to Scot­land to cel­e­brate Ms Patane’s birth­day – which was Thurs­day, the day of the crash.

Rel­a­tives of those killed in the crash, which hap­pened on the A96 Aberdeen to In­ver­ness road near Keith, yes­ter­day thanked the emer­gency ser­vices for their re­sponse.

And as their com­mu­ni­ties ral­lied around to of­fer sup­port, the heart­bro­ken fam­i­lies also paid trib­ute to their loved ones.

Ms Col­lie, from Aber­chirder, was well-known both in the vil­lage and fur­ther afield in Kem­nay, where her fam­ily run A&G Col­lie Butch­ers and the Ben­nachie Lodge Ho­tel.

She was also in­stru­men­tal in help­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the area, run­ning a day care cen­tre on be­half of the Gor­don De­men­tia Ser­vices in In­verurie for more than 20 years.

In a state­ment, her fam­ily said: “We have lost a beau­ti­ful lady.

“We now re­quest that we are given the time and pri­vacy to grieve and come to terms with our tragic loss.”

Mr Reid, who grew up in Aber­chirder but lived in Mac­duff, was de­scribed by his loved ones as self­less.

“Ted was a de­voted hus­band, dad, granda, brother and friend,” his fam­ily said.

Pic­ture: PA.

The badly da­m­aged ve­hi­cles be­ing re­moved from the scene.

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