Police revisit scene of fatal accident

Grampian Police revisited the scene of a fatal road collision on Friday in an effort to trace witnesses.

Oficers were hoping to gather more information a week on from the collision which occurred on the A90, south of Fordoun, near Laurencekirk, and claimed the lives of two of Scotland’s leading scientists.

Dr Julian Dawson, 42 and Dr Stewart Rhind, 61, who both worked for the James Hutton Institute agricultural research centre, both died at the scene of the crash on Friday March 8.

Friday’s investigation concentrated on the local unclassified roads leading to Johnshaven and Auchenblae, officers hoped their presence will jog some memories and assist them in establishing exactly what happened.

Inspector Kevin Wallace, who is leading the investigation, said: “We know the collision took place about 4.11pm on Friday 8 March, at Powburn, which is between Laurencekirk and Fordoun, near a fixed speed camera which monitors traffic travelling north. The unclassified junctions to the east and west are signposted for ‘Johnshaven’ and ‘Auchenblae’.

“On our arrival at the scene last week, we found a black SAAB 93 estate car had crossed from the southbound carriageway into the northbound carriageway, where it collided with a northbound silver Vauxhall Astra. Two passengers in the Astra died as a result, with the two drivers sustaining serious injuries.

“Our enquiries have established that a dark coloured VW Golf motor car was also using the junction at the time.”

“We have also identified a number of other motorists who were in the area and believe we still need to speak to some of these.”

“I would ask anyone who can recall the incident or thinks they may have been on this section of road about 4.11 pm on Friday 8th March to contact us.

“Something you think is insignificant may prove valuable to our enquiry, so please do call us.”

Following the accident the drivers of both cars were taken to hospital with multiple fractures. Dr Rhind and Dr Dawson were both passengers in the Vauxhall Astra.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Grampian Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.