Tributes after grand-mother killed on A90

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A GRIEVING north-east family paid tribute to their grandmother on Monday, after police named the victim of a weekend crash on the A90.

Muriel Duffy was killed after the accident near the Blackdog junction at 3pm on Sunday, after a collision between her red BMW Estate car and a black Honda Civic near the A90 turnoff for Blackdog. Mrs Duffy was taken to0 hospital, however her injuries later proved fatal.

The driver of the Civic was injured, as were two passengers. Police described the occupants of the car as male, in their twenties, and stated that two had emerged with femural injuries while one sustained injuries described as ‘life threatening.’

Mrs Duffy had been travelling with her daughter and two granddaughters - aged just 5 and 8 - who also sustained injuries.

Police carried out investigation of the scene of the accident, closing the road unti 11pm on Sunday.

A family spokesperson said: “Muriel was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. We are all shocked by her sudden loss which has left a huge hole in our lives.

“Muriel was born in Dundee and lived there until the age of 11 when she moved to Carlisle with her family. Muriel and John were married in 1959 and came to live in Aberdeen 46 years ago. She loved children and worked as a teacher at Northfield Academy, specialising in Learning Support.

“Muriel was an active lady who enjoyed a variety of sporting activities and had a keen and knowledgeable interest in music, particularly opera.

“We have been left with only the happiest of memories of a loving, hard working person who made a huge difference to many people’s lives.

“We’ve been heartened by the messages of support from friends and family which have been of great comfort at this difficult time.”

The tragedy has prompted calls for action to be taken to make the road safer, with proposed plans for upgrades as part of the SWPR scheme involving improvements to junctions on the road - including at Blackdog.

Mid Formartine councillor Allan Hendry, who stays at Balmedie, said: “Another road death, another tragedy, more broken bones and many broken hearts. My thoughts are with family and friends of those killed and injured. I hope those injured make a speedy recovery and may the elderly lady who lost her life rest in peace. This has always been a dangerous junction at Blackdog, which has already claimed several lives. The sooner the AWPR Northern Grade Separated Junction is constructed and the current junction closed off forever, the better. Incidents such as this affect not only those involved and their families, but the whole community.”