Man dies in Buchan crash

AN ABERDEENSHIRE man lost his life in a Buchan road accident last week as passers-by battled in vain to resuscitate him.

Tuesday, 19th April 2011, 11:09 am

William Webber, a 36-year-old man believed to be from Tyrie, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was a passenger in a silver Porsche 911 whose driver, who has yet to be named, lost control on a country road near Strichen and landed on its roof in a nearby field.

The driver was also injured but managed to free himself from the overturned car when it crashed only a few miles from Mr Webber’s home.

Local farmer Allan Taylforth was one of the first people to arrive at the incident and he and another passer-by, named locally as Jimmy Partridge, attempted to resuscitate Mr Webber after Mr Taylforth used his tractor-loader to free the passenger from the wreckage.

The crash happened just after midday on Friday on an unclassified road which links the A98 Fraserburgh-Fochabers route with the A981 between New Deer and Fraserburgh.

Police closed the road for several hours as collision investigators examined the area.

Three fire units attended the scene and used a hose to clear spilled fuel from the road surface, however Police could not confirm where the fuel was from the crashed car or if it had been a factor in the accident.

Grampian Police are appealing for witnesses of the incident, and anyone who has any information about the accident has been urged to call Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700

Meanwhile, a Peterhead family was involved in a serious accident on Thursday evening in the Angus area near Forfar.

A blue Ford Focus rolled down an embankment alongside the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road at Birkenbush.

The four occupants of the vehicle were taken to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital. At the time of going to press, police said a nine-year-old boy, who was a rear seat passenger, sustained serious and potential life-threatening injuries.

The driver, a 39-year-old female, was trapped in the vehicle for 40 minutes, she sustained back injuries.