A Bathgate family, including two young pre-school age children have been killed in a fatal road accident involving a lorry and a car on the A801 near Polmont.
Graham Lockhart, (23), a loft insulation fitter for Home Energy UK in Livingston and Shauna Robb (20), both of whom lived in Bathgate, were killed in the fatal collision on the A801 near to the Lathallan roundabout at 2.20pm on Wednesday July 24 along with their two children, Tyler David (2½ years) and Arianna Rose Sheryl (11 months).
Both Graham and Shauna attended Linlithgow Academy while believed to have been previously living in the Bridgend area of the county.
Leader of West Lothian Council, John McGinty said: “To lose a young family in this way is truly tragic, on behalf of the whole community we would like to offer our deepest sympathies to their families and friends on their heartbreaking loss.
“West Lothian Council stands ready to offer help to support families and their communities through this extremely sad time.”
The collision occured when their black Fiat hatchback collided with an articulated lorry used for carrying aggregate, after the car apparently crossed into the path of the oncoming traffic.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We got a call at 2.25pm and sent appliances from Falkirk, Bo’ness and Larbert.
‘We cut one person out of the car using cutting gear but there was nothing else more to do at the scene so we sent two appliances back and kept on the scene to wait for the fire accident investigation team.’
Those emergency service personnel attending the accident have described the scene as one of the worst they have ever seen.
Their families have released tributes through Police Scotland.
The family of Graham Lockhart said: “The Lockhart family are devastated at the loss of their son, daughter in law, and two grandchildren and wish to be left to grieve in peace.”
The family of Shauna Robb said: “The Robb family are devastated at the loss of their daughter, her partner and their two grandchildren and wish to be left alone to grieve.”
Tributes are now being paid to the family on social media, by both family and friends.
Mr Lockhart’s sister, Sheryl Jones, said: ‘To have you ripped away from us is hard enough, but to have all four of you torn away is just crushing.
‘Never felt such pain baby bro. I love the four of yous with all my heart.
‘My only comfort is that yous are all together. Wish use would all just walk through the door and this to be a horrible nightmare. You’ll never understand how much we all loved yous.’ (sic)
Nicole Sweeney said: ‘RIP Graham Lockhart and his family. Too young to go.
‘Can’t believe you are gone, can remember us running about together when we were younger, such a nice guy. God only takes the best.’
Sergeant Andrew Thomson from Forth Valley Road Policing said: “We are continuing our appeal for anyone who witnessed this tragic collision or who saw a black Fiat hatchback in the area prior to the incident at 2.20pm. We are particularly keen to trace the driver of a silver people carrier, which was seen in the area prior to the crash. Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”