Mercy driver in 200ft death plunge

AN OFF-ROAD vehicle driver, killed when his 4x4 overturned and rolled down a steep 200ft embankment, had been part of mercy mission to deliver vital supplies to kidney dialysis patients during December's snowstorms, it was revealed yesterday.

Andrew Guinan, 23, who worked at a Montrose garage, died on Sunday during an off-road event at a farm near Coupar Angus, Perthshire.

Fire crews, a specialist heavy rescue unit and a Tayside Police search and rescue team were called to the scene of the crash at Hillfoot Farm. An air ambulance helicopter was also scrambled, but Mr Guinan, who had been trapped inside his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Yesterday, as an investigation into the cause of the accident continued, it was revealed Mr Guinan had joined a rescue mission last December to take supplies to the renal unit at Arbroath Infirmary after a delivery lorry could not get through.

It is understood Mr Guinan, originally from the Livingston area of West Lothian, had taken part in Sunday's event to train for this month's Whitbread Charity Challenge that will raise funds for the Welsh air ambulance service.