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Lorry driver Alexander Fraser fell asleep, FAI rules

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Image caption The accident on the A9 near Kingussie

A lorry driver died in a road accident after falling asleep at the wheel, a sheriff has ruled.

Alexander Fraser, 50, was killed instantly when his HGV crashed into an Argos lorry on the A9 near Kingussie in March 2015.

A fatal accident inquiry at Inverness Sheriff Court heard from witnesses who saw his vehicle drift over the white lines as it travelled north.

The driver of the second lorry, James Kenmure, was injured in the accident.

Mr Kenmure told the court that he thought he was about to die when he saw Mr Fraser's vehicle drifting towards him.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson heard that Mr Fraser, from Inverness, had been having trouble sleeping before the crash.

The experienced HGV driver worked nightshifts but building work near his house was disturbing his sleep during the day.

Concerns had been raised by his employer, HSS, that he was taking extra breaks without recording them.

However Sheriff Neilson said she was satisfied the company did not tell Mr Fraser not to take breaks if he felt tired.

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