Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Special unit probing two north-east road tragedies

The scene of the crash on the A90 near Hatton, where William Buchan died
The scene of the crash on the A90 near Hatton, where William Buchan died

The Crown Office is investigating two crashes that left a popular north-east mum and an Aberdeenshire Council worker dead.

Helen Thorley died in a two-car crash on the B9180 New Deer to Inverurie road on April 3.

The 50-year-old, from Oldmeldrum, was described as a “happy, lovely mother” following the accident at Barravale.

And just six weeks later, on May 12, William George Buchan died when his white Ford Transit collided with a white Mercedes Vito van on the A90 Aberdeen to Fraserburgh road, near Hatton.

The 48-year-old, from Peterhead, was “well respected” by his colleagues at Aberdeenshire Council’s waste department.

Last night, the Crown Office confirmed both deaths had been reported to the procurator fiscal service, and were being looked into by the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU).

The SFIU is a specialist unit responsible for looking into all sudden, suspicious, accidental and unexplained deaths.

Regarding the B9170 crash, a Crown Office spokeswoman said: “The procurator fiscal has received a report in connection with the death of a 50-year-old woman on the B9170 road near Oldmeldrum on April, 3 2016.

“The investigation into the death, under the direction of Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU), is ongoing and the family will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”

She added a report has also been received in relation to the A90 incident, with the SFIU investigation also still “ongoing”.

The Crown Office has not received police reports recommending the prosecution of an accused for either crash.

In a statement released following Ms Thorley’s death, her family said: “We are absolutely devastated at the loss of our mum, who was a much loved daughter, sister, aunt and friend.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]