Storm Arwen Scotland: Man dies as driver and police van crushed in Aberdeenshire by falling trees

Storm Arwen claimed its first victim in Scotland on Friday evening, after a 35-year-old man was tragically killed when a tree fell on his car in Aberdeen and a police van was crushed.

The 35-year-old was killed when the tree fell on his car on the B977 at around 5pm on Friday near Hatton-of-Fintray, Aberdeenshire.

The 35-year-old was killed when the tree fell on his car on the B977 at around 5pm on Friday.

His Nissan Navara pick-up truck was struck by a falling tree on the B977, Dyce to Hatton of Fintry Road in Aberdeenshire around 5.45pm on Friday.

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Emergency services attended however the 35-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police van was also crushed when police attended the scene but no officers were injured.

A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Sergeant Craig McNeill of the Divisional Road Policing Unit at Inverurie said: “Our thoughts are very much with the man’s family and friends at this time.

“Officers responding to this crash had parked a distance away due to weather conditions. On returning to their van they discovered a tree had fallen on it.

"No one was injured.

“Any witnesses to this crash or anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference number 2999 of 26 November.”

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