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Tributes paid to 60-year-old killed in A862 crash

Paul Peacock
Paul Peacock

Tributes have been paid to a man who died after his car careered off a north road before landing on its roof.

Paul Peacock, 60, was travelling west towards Beauly on the A862 in his silver Volkswagen Golf when it left the road near Inchberry shortly before 1.30pm on Tuesday.

Mr Peacock, from Kiltarlity, had to be cut free by firefighters using hydraulic cutting gear.

He was then transferred into the hands of on scene paramedics before being taken to Raigmore Hospital, where he later died.

Mr Peacock was the only person in the car.

Aird and Loch Ness councillor Margaret Davidson said: “I was caught on the Beauly road and I knew it was serious but I had no idea just how serious. This is devastating news for the Peacock family and Kiltarlity. It’s dreadful.

“This road has long been known as a place where accidents happen and I think that we now need to take a fresh look at it and see what we can do to improve safety. Accidents on this road are not unusual.

“This is a shock, very sad to hear.”

Emergency services were first notified of the collision around 1.30pm, dispatching multiple units to the scene.

Two fire crews from Inverness were sent to the scene to assist police and paramedics in the major rescue operation.

The road remained closed for several hours are emergency crews worked at the scene. Road signs remained in place at both the Beauly and Inverness ends of the route to notify motorists of the diversion in place across the Kessock Bridge.

Police are now appealing for information to help piece together the events which led to his tragic death.

Road Policing Sergeant Angus Murray said: “Our thoughts at this time are with the man’s family and friends.”

He added: “An investigation into the collision is underway and we have already spoken to a number of witnesses.

“In order to help establish the cause of the collision, I would urge anyone who believes they may have seen the vehicle on the day of the collision to come forward if you haven’t already done so.

“Likewise if any motorists believe they may have dashcam footage which could assist our inquiries, I would ask for them to come forward.”

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