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Victims may not be officially named for several days

By Gavin Musgrove

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The scene of the accident near Kingussie
The scene of the accident near Kingussie

THE identities of the two victims of last night's crash on the A9 by Kingussie may not be officially confirmed for several more days.

The two men were killed in the horror accident involving a Network Rail van and a car at Lynchat.

One of the victims is from Strathspey and the other is understood to be from Dundee.

No names have been released yet by Northern Constabulary.

It is expected to take several days to officially identify the two dead men.

There were two people travelling in the Ford Transit van and one of the occupants - the front seat passenger - was killed.

The male driver of the Chevrolet Lacetti, believed to be from Dundee, was the other casualty.

He was the sole occupant of the car.

The driver of the van is in a serious but stable condition at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

The accident occurred at around 9.30pm on the A9 just north of Kingussie.

Both vehicles caught fire following the collision and it took firefighters 45 minutes to bring the blazes under control.

Fire appliances from Kingussie, Aviemore and Grantown attended the scene.

A Northern Constabulary spokesman said: "At about 9.30pm hours on Monday (July 4) a two vehicle road traffic accident occurred on the A9 near Kingussie.

"Two occupants of the vehicles sustained fatal injuries, and a third occupant was conveyed to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness with serious injuries.

"We are appealing for witnesses to the accident, in particular a female driver of a dark coloured Range Rover who was driving south on the A9 at the time of the collision.

"Witnesses are asked to contact oolice at Inverness on (01463) 715555.

The road was closed for some time and diversions had to be put in place.

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