A young family of four who all died in a two-car crash on a Highlands road have been named as heartbroken relatives say they have been left devastated.
Devoted parents Gemma, 26, and Rhys Cousin, 25, and their two children three-year-old Peyton and baby Heidi, one, from Inverness, died after the crash on the A82 north of Fort William.
The extended family of the Cousins have released a statement throough Police Scotland.
They said: “Both families are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Gemma, Rhys, Peyton and Heidi.
“They were a young family with so much to look forward to. To have their lives cut short so suddenly and in such circumstances is utterly devastating.
“As a young couple Gemma and Rhys worked really hard to provide a loving, secure and safe home and family life for their girls who they were totally devoted to. They were known by many with both families being extended and their loss will be felt far and wide.
“Due to the horrific circumstances we would like to thank the emergency services and everyone who was involved on the night. We would also like to thank everyone for the support we continue to receive.
“As a family, we now respectfully ask that we are given the time and privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the loss of Rhys, Gemma, Peyton and Heidi.”
All four were travelling northbound in a green Mini Cooper car when the collision happened around 5.30pm on Thursday.
The other vehicle involved was a red Ford Fiesta car.
The 56-year-old woman who was driving suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Police say a thorough investigation to establish the full circumstances which led to the collision is ongoing.
And officers have asked anyone who has information which has not yet been passed to police to come forward.
A spokesman for the force said: “This includes if you have seen either vehicle involved on the road before the collision or if you have dashcam footage which may be of use.”
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