Promising young law graduate and rugby player killed in A9 crash

A man who died in a head-on collision with a whisky tanker has been named as a former Scotland under-18 rugby player.

Michael McNaughton, of Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, was fatally injured in the crash on the A9 near Dunkeld, Perthshire, at about 8.30pm on Tuesday.

Tayside Police said he was the sole occupant of a blue Renault Clio which collided with a blue articulated tanker operated by haulage company McPhersons of Aberlour.

The 24-year-old had played rugby in the Scottish Premiership for Aberdeen Grammar School FP as well as for a brief spell in Brisbane, Australia.

He moved to Laurencekirk with his parents, Alan and Lindsay, and his sister Danielle, from Muthill in 1996.

Mr McNaughton had recently started work as a marketing analyst with Calash Ltd of Aberdeen after completing an MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management.

He graduated from Aberdeen University with first class honours in Law, having attended Mearns Academy and Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen.

A statement released by Tayside Police said: "Michael loved the great outdoors and following country pursuits and liked nothing more than spending time at the Braes of Balquihidder and Ardnamurchan.

"Michael will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends."

The road was closed for several hours while police dealt with the aftermath of Tuesday's smash.

The 44-year-old driver of the lorry was uninjured.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information about the crash to call them on 0300 111 2222.

A report on the incident will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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