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Aberdeenshire Council 'not blamed' for deaths of Inverness sisters in crash

Crashed car
Image caption The accident happened on the A97 Banff-Aberchirder road

A judge has ruled that the death of two sisters killed in a road crash was not the fault of a council.

Susan MacLennan, 64, and Catriona Robertson, 71, from Inverness, died when their car crashed into a van on the A97 near Banff in May 2006.

Ms MacLennan's daughter, Ruth MacDonald, was driving.

She brought an action at the Court of Session over road markings, but Lord Uist has ruled Aberdeenshire Council was not at fault.

Ms MacDonald had become lost as she drove the sisters back to Inverness.

Their car crashed with a van at the Mill of Brydock junction.

At an earlier fatal accident inquiry, a sheriff criticised road markings at the junction involved.

Aberdeenshire Council extended its deepest sympathies to relatives, and said one of its aims was reducing road casualties.

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