Bride-to-be killed in North-east crash

The crash scene: at the A947 at its junction with the A920 east of Oldmeldrum
The crash scene: at the A947 at its junction with the A920 east of Oldmeldrum

A woman due to be wed next year died in a road accident on the outskirts of Oldmeldrum on Friday last week.

Travel consultant Emma Cameron, 27, died when her car was involved in a collision with a cement mixer lorry.

The crash happened on the A947 Aberdeen-Banff road at its junction with the A920 road to Ellon.

The victim, who was from the Oldmeldrum area, was travelling in a Ford Ka.

She had to be cut free by fire crews and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where she was pronounced dead. The lorry driver was uninjured.

The accident happened around 6pm and diversions were put in place to allow investigations to take place. The road was closed for several hours.

It is thought Ms Cameron had turned right from the junction towards Oldmeldrum. The lorry is believed to have been travelling on the A947 towards Aberdeen. A police spokesman said they were appealing for any witnesses.

Born in 1985, Emma lived for 22 years in the Renfrewshire village of Kilbarchan with her parents and brother Peter. After graduating from Strathclyde University in Glasgow with a BA honours degree in history, she lived and worked as a tour guide in Berlin, before becoming a tour manager travelling all around Europe.

She returned to the UK and moved to Aberdeen in January 2010 to join STA as a travel consultant. Her most recent employment was with Gyrodata.

Emma met James, her fiancé, two years ago. They had just moved into a cottage in Oldmeldrum last month and were due to be married in August next year. Her family said she had many interests including travel, reading,current affairs, art, listening to music and playing the piano. Emma travelled extensively both personally and professionally, made many friends and was loved by everyone.

Friday’s tragedy was the latest in a series of fatal accidents on the A947 in recent years.

Towards the end of last year Aberdeenshire Council held public meetings over plans for safety improvements to the busy road.

A study of the 38-mile route, which was funded by Nestrans and the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership (ACSP,) was carried out between September, 2010 and March, 2011, as part of efforts to meet accident reduction targets set by the Scottish Government.

The assessment established that fatal accident statistics on the A947 were 50% higher than the national average. The number of accidents linked to bends on the route were found to be 250% higher than national statistics.

A series of measures were adopted to improve safety following extensive consultation with the then Grampian Police, and the North East Safety Camera Partnership (NESCAMP).