Driver killed after lorry overturned

A 40-year-old father of two from Benbecula died last Saturday after an incident in which it is believed his lorry overturned during a loading procedure.

Steven John Buchanan (pictured above), of Liniclate, was in charge of the vehicle when the accident happened on the shoreside at Locheport in North Uist. It is understood he was loading fish farm nets. No other vehicle was involved.

The Health and Safety Executive have now launched an enquiry alongside Police Scotland and investigators travelled to the Western Isles on Monday.

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Mr Buchanan’s family thanked all those who have provided them with support and comfort.

MEANWHILE, an inquiry is to begin later this month into the death of Skye haulier John MacKinnon.

The initial hearing for the fatal accident inquiry has been set for 21st October at Inverness Sheriff Court.

The inquiry will continue on 18th November. Mr MacKinnon (65) died on 22nd December 2011 when his “cherrypicker” vehicle struck an overhead power line in woods near Kyleakin in south Skye.

For many years Mr MacKinnon, from Crossal, was well known in Highland and Islands circles as the boss of haulage firm Skye Transport.