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Man charged over Moray crash that killed five people

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Image caption Four of those who died in the crash: From left to right: Ted Reid, Audrey Appleby, Evalyn Collie and Frances Saliba Patanè

A man has appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in Moray which killed five people.

The collision, involving a car and a minibus, happened on the A96, near Keith, at about 23:40 on 26 July last year.

Alfredo Ciociola, 47, made no plea when he appeared before Elgin Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Mr Ciociola, from Sicily, was released on bail.

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Image caption The scene of the crash on the A96

Three of the victims were Ted Reid, 63, from Macduff; and Evalyn Collie, 69, and Audrey Appleby, 70, both from Aberchirder.

They were passengers in a 4x4 which was involved in a collision with the minibus carrying a group of Italian tourists.

Four-year-old Lorenzo Ciociola and Frances Saliba Patanè, 63, both from Sicily, were also killed in the crash.

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