Wayne Strickland died in the M8 collision between two cars, a lorry and van.
This is so very sad. Yesterday I wrote ‘1 dead, cars on fire – M8 Edinburgh – I was there’ <Click) There are a few images and videos in there. I got a hard time from a few people but once we spoke they understood that blog. I was there in terms of, a mile away and stuck in traffic for 5 hours in pain. BUT!! All the time I waited my mind was thinking “Who died” 😦 Because that is pretty much all any of us knew, the traffic was so slow drivers were out cars speaking to each other, and all we knew when I did the video was ‘A person had passed. This swept from car to car as I seen people’s heads drop and some cry. It was that real, and so sad. My heart and soul go out to Wayne’s family. I can only offer words of comfort and I will. Below is from a decent media outlet STV (Scottish Television) for people reading this from foreign shores.
Video we did at the time
A man who died after his car burst into flames in a crash with another car, lorry and van on the M8 has been named.
The 49-year-old man, named by police as Wayne Strickland, from Fife, died in the four-vehicle crash on Monday between Bathgate and Livingston. The incident happened around 8.45am which left the cars and HGV destroyed by the blaze. Firefighters extinguished it shortly before 10.30am.
A Peugeot 206, which Mr Strickland was driving, a Kia Rio, Mercedes van and an articulated HGV were all involved in the collision.
Mr Strickland’s family released a statement through Police Scotland paying tribute to “one of life’s true gentlemen.”
It said: “Wayne was a much loved and respected father, husband, son and brother. “A business advisor with West Lothian Council, he was on his way to work from his home in Inverkeithing when the accident happened. “Wayne was a devoted husband to Bernadette and much adored father. He was one of life’s true gentlemen and he will be sadly missed.”
The motorway was closed for most of the day while emergency services tended to the injured and cleared the scene. Two people were taken to hospital while a number of “walking wounded” were treated by paramedics by the roadside.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police Scotland responded to a four-vehicle collision on the westbound carriageway of the M8, Junction 3 at around 8.50am on Monday July 20. “Two cars, a van and an articulated lorry were all involved in the incident, which resulted in three vehicles catching fire. “We can confirm that one male has died as a result of this collision and inquiries are ongoing.”
A spokesman for West Lothian Council said: “Wayne was a very popular and respected colleague and those that worked with him have been left devastated by this tragic news.”Wayne had worked with West Lothian Council for a number of years and those that had the pleasure to work with him feel very fortunate to have known him as a colleague and friend.
“As a business advisor Wayne worked closely with the local community to help people set up their own companies and his loss will be felt by the wider business community in West Lothian. “He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with Wayne’s family and friends at this very sad time.”
Twenty members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance, with six of them wearing breathing apparatus and using high pressure hoses.
A spokeswoman said: “Appliances from Livingston, Sighthill, Bathgate and Linlithgow Fire Stations were mobilised to the scene. “The first appliances arrived within minutes and immediately started tackling a fire involving an articulated lorry, a van and two cars.”
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