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Events leading up to man’s fatal collision remain unclear

08th February 2013

A recent inquest into the death of the 26-year-old van driver – who had been travelling along the A93 at the time of the incident – found that there was no clear reason as to why the collision took place.

Furthermore, Sheriff Fiona Tait, who presided over the inquiry, stated that because the reasons for the collision “cannot be ascertained”, there is no way of knowing whether or not the motorist could have prevented the accident.

The man was a tyre fitter and was on his way to a job when witnesses say he swerved about two feet across the white line. A lorry was coming in the opposite direction, and despite its driver directing his vehicle onto the grass verge and slowing in an attempt to avoid the crash, the van still struck.

The 26-year-old was airlifted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee suffering from serious head injuries, and was later pronounced dead.

As possible reasons for the man failing to return to his side of the highway, Sheriff Tait suggests that the van driver might have been distracted, that he may have been trying to avoid flooding on the road, or that he could have “got a fright” after seeing the large vehicle coming towards him.

It seems that despite investigations, the true cause of the man’s fatal accident, and who or what may have been responsible for the incident, will never be clear.

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