Man is charged af­ter horror fire­ball crash

Po­lice: Move fol­low­ing ap­peal over BMW driver

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JAMIE ROSS

A man has been charged in con­nec­tion with a two-ve­hi­cle crash in Aberdeen­shire.

A car and a van col­lided on the A947 Tur­riff to Aberdeen road, near Fyvie, ear­lier this month.

The 17-year-old driver of the Vaux­hall Corsa was air­lifted to hospi­tal, while 26-year-old David Buchanan was taken by am­bu­lance af­ter crawl­ing from the burn­ing wreck­age of his van.

Po­lice later launched an ap­peal to track down the driver of a blue BMW which was seen on the road at the time.

And yes­ter­day, of­fi­cers con­firmed a 27-year-old had been charged in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent on March 9. He is ex­pected to ap­pear at Banff Sher­iff Court at a later date.

Last week, Mr Buchanan de­scribed the mo­ments lead­ing up the col­li­sion and the pain he felt as he dragged him­self from the burn­ing van.

Mr Buchanan, who lives in Dundee, also thanked the passers-by who stopped to help him and the driver of the other car.

He said he was in “ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain” but saw that his van’s en­gine was on fire and needed to get out.

“The doors had been caved in but I man­aged to crawl out of the win­dow,” he said.

“There was some­one scream­ing from the other car but no one could get him out.

“The fire ser­vice had to cut him free.

“A lot of peo­ple stopped to help – they were bril­liant.”

Sergeant Rob Warnock, who led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, yes­ter­day thanked the pub­lic for their help in the mat­ter.

He said: “We would like to thank the pub­lic for as­sis­tance pro­vided in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.”

“The doors had been caved in but I man­aged to crawl out”

AF­TER­MATH: Po­lice at the scene af­ter a car and van col­lide on the A947 Tur­riff to Aberdeen road, near Fyvie, ear­lier this month

David Buchanan and Danielle Wood­cock

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