A 27-year-old nursery teacher who died following a two-vehicle crash near Tarbert has been named by police.
“Beautiful and kind” Amanda McAulay from Lochgilphead died at the scene, while three others remain in a serious condition in hospital.
Tributes have been paid to Amanda, many describing her as a good friend and an exceptional nursery teacher.
Amanda worked in the Butterfly Room at Riverside Rascals Nursery in Lochgilphead.
Her death followed a collision involving her blue Peugeot 107 and a white Vauxhall Mokka on Friday morning.
Emergency services were called to the scene near Barfad in Argyll at about 10.55am.
Three occupants from the Mokka – a 49-year-old woman, and two men, aged 57 and 19 years – were also taken by air and road ambulances to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
Staff have described their conditions as serious but stable.
Amanda was the ‘kindest soul you’ll ever meet’
Online, countless people have paid their respects to Amanda.
Ashleigh Csabi wrote: “Taken far too soon. Beautiful young lady who has done so much for my two children at Riverside Nursery.
“She will be missed by many. Especially her happy cheery smile. Thinking of her family and friends.”
Demi Mather said: “A lovely neighbour, friend and nursery teacher to my son and many other children.
“Sending lots of love to Amanda’s family.”
Sylvia Johnston wrote: “The absolute kindest soul you’ll ever meet treated everyone she met with compassion and was just a ray of sunshine and positivity, condolences to all her family.”
Kayleigh Gillies wrote: “This is devastating. What a lovely woman and so caring and loving she was my Alanna’s favourite.
“Rest easy Amanda always the good ones are taken too soon.”
Maaia Taylor-Smith added; “Thinking of Amanda’s family and friends at this hard time, she was a beautiful kind individual loved by many.”
Police investigation into A83 collision ongoing
The road was closed in both directions for more than eight hours on Friday as an investigation got underway, the A83 reopened to all traffic at 7.30pm.
A report will now be submitted to the procurator fiscal.
Police have confirmed inquiries into the crash remain ongoing.
Sergeant Sean Dempsey echoed his appeal for new information, urging motorists to review their dashcam footage to assist with their inquiries.
He said: “If anyone has dashcam footage or information that may assist our investigation, please contact officers via 101, quoting incident number 1085 of Friday December 8.”
Local councillor Alastair Redman, serving Kintyre and the isles, said: “This is tragic news.
“I offer my personal condolences to all family members and friends and hope for a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.
“Our thoughts and prayers are also with all those involved, including those first at the scene and all the emergency services involved.”