A tragic accident claimed the life of a lorry driver who crashed off a flyover and landed on the M90 near Perth. The incident caused traffic chaos and left the motorway covered with potatoes.
The fatal crash
The accident happened around 7.20am on Thursday, November 4, when a 55-year-old man was driving a lorry southbound on the A912 slip road. He failed to negotiate a sharp curve and smashed through the safety barrier, falling 40 feet onto the M90 below. The lorry was carrying bags of potatoes, which spilled over the motorway and damaged several cars. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the emergency services. His next of kin have been informed.
Police Scotland launched an investigation into the cause of the crash and appealed for any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward. The road was closed for several hours as officers examined the scene and cleared the debris. Sergeant John Learmonth of the Road Policing Unit in Perth said: “Our thoughts are with the driver’s family and friends at this difficult time. Our enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances and I would urge any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage who hasn’t yet spoken to an officer to get in touch.”
The crash shocked the local community and sparked calls for improved road safety. The A912 slip road is known for its steep gradient and tight bend, which have been blamed for previous accidents. Some residents and motorists suggested that the road should be redesigned or have better signage and lighting. One driver who witnessed the crash said: “It was horrific. I saw the lorry go over the edge and then heard a loud bang. There were potatoes everywhere and cars swerving to avoid them. I hope the driver’s family get some answers and justice.”
The driver who died in the crash was identified as Kenneth Cheyne, from Turriff in Aberdeenshire. He worked for a local haulage company and was described as a hard-working and friendly man. His colleagues and friends paid tribute to him on social media and expressed their condolences to his family. One of them wrote: “RIP Kenny. You were a great guy and a brilliant driver. You will be missed by everyone who knew you. Thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.”