A9 tanker crash victim is former Scotland youth rugby player

A former Scotland Under-18 rugby player has been named as the man who died in a head-on collision between his car and a tanker on the A9 on Tuesday evening.

Michael Alasdair McNaughton, 24, of Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, had played for Aberdeen Grammar in Scotland's top-flight Premiership.

He had recently started working as a senior marketing analyst with Calash Limited of Aberdeen.

Mr McNaughton had moved to Laurencekirk with his family in 1996.

Appeal for information

He and father Alan, mum Lindsay and sister Danielle had switched to the Laurencekirk area from Muthill, after which he attended Fettercairn Primary School and Mearns Academy before completing his secondary education at Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen.

Mr McNaughton graduated in law from Aberdeen University before taking a year out to travel to Australia and New Zealand then returned to Scotland to complete an MSc in oil and gas enterprise management.

Tayside Police have appealed for information that could help their on-going investigation into the crash, while a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Mr McNaughton's blue Renault Clio collided with a blue articulated tanker, operated by McPhersons of Aberlour, which was heading in the opposite direction at about 20:30 north of Jubilee Bridge, Dunkeld.

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