The devastated family of a Scots lorry driver who tragically died in a crash on the A9 have paid a heartfelt tribute to him.
Alan Jones, from Inverness, was one of two HGV drivers involved in the fatal collision near Carrbridge in the Highlands during the early hours of this morning. Emergency services raced to the incident at 4.15am but despite their efforts, the 64-year-old was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
The other lorry driver - a 56-year-old man - was blue-lighted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, where he was later released after receiving treatment. The section of road currently remains closed as officers carry out ongoing inquiries into the fatal collision.
Following the tragedy, Alan's heartbroken family have described him as 'one of the kindest people to ever know'.
Alan's cousin, Shirley MacDonald, wrote on Facebook : "RIP Alan. Our big gentle cousin with a big heart one of the kindest people to ever know. Devastated, taken to early. Until we meet again, love you."
Alan has been remembered as a 'true gent' by his former colleagues, who also paid tribute this evening.
Dave Tosh wrote: " I had the pleasure of working with him over the past 30 years. A true gent who will be sorely missed.
"RIP driver, time to hang up your keys."
Ali Greig added: "Absolutely devastated at the loss of Alan, a good friend & former work colleague."
Hayley Downie said: "Poor Alan. Such sad news, such a nice man. RIP Alan."
Officers from Police Scotland have launched an investigation into the crash, asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward.
Sergeant Alasdair Mackay, Road Policing Unit, said: "My thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends at this difficult time. I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened or anyone in the area around the time who saw the HGVs prior to the crash to please contact us.
"Likewise, anyone with dash cam footage of the A9 around the time of the incident, please review it and get in touch with us if you think you’ve captured anything relevant."
Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 0379 of Friday, 30 September, 2022.
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