FAMILY and friends have paid heartfelt tributes to a young family killed in a horrific road smash which saw their car collide with a lorry.
Graham Lockhart, 23, and Shauna Robb, 20, died in the crash along with their two children, Tyler David, two, and 11-month-old Arianna Rose Sheryl.
Police are still investigating the fatal collision on the A801 near to the Lathallan roundabout on Wednesday at 2.20pm.
Officers said the black Fiat hatchback which the family – from Bathgate – was travelling in crossed into the path of oncoming traffic before it crashed into the articulated lorry.
The lorry driver was unhurt but was treated for shock.
It is believed the family had been heading home after a day out together.
Relatives of the couple released statements through police saying they had been left “devastated”.
Tributes flooded in from across West Lothian as word spread.
The young parents were both former pupils of Linlithgow Academy, and Mr Lockhart was a loft technician at Livingston firm Home Energy UK.
Mr Lockhart’s older sister, Sheryl Jones, was among the first to speak of her loss on Facebook.
She 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. I love the four of you with all my heart, my only comfort is that you are all together.
“Wish you would all just walk through the door and this to be a horrible nightmare.
“You’ll never understand how much we all loved you four.”
And friend James Nicol described Mr Lockhart, a Rangers fan, as a “gem of a guy” whom he had been speaking to just a day before the horrific crash.
Devastated friend David Chant revealed that the family had dropped him off just minutes before the crash. He went to the scene yesterday to lay flowers and teddies for the two children.
In a poignant tribute, he said: “You’re always going to be missed bro. You, Shauna and the kids sleep tight.”
And friend Adam Sampson said: “I can’t believe a beautiful young family has been taken, may God rest you in his peace.
“This is devastating news my friend. I’m in terrible pain over this, thanks for the encouragement and the positivity you fed into my life and care you showed for me and my family.”
Schoolfriends of Ms Robb shared memories of their time at high school in Linlithgow.
Toni Dempster described the young mum as an “amazing” mother to “gorgeous” Tyler and Arianna.
She added: “I will never forget our memories together and some of the mad stuff we got up to.
“So tragic that it takes something like this to happen to make you realise you should never take life for granted and every minute is precious.”
Fiona West said she had fond memories of the “good times” at school, where they would skip gym classes to sing Katy Perry songs.
As the community mourns, West Lothian Council leader John McGinty said the local authority would provide as much support as possible to the family’s loved ones.
He 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 the families and their communities through this extremely sad time.”
The A801 links the M8 and M9 and has been the scene of numerous accidents. Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP Michael Connarty has previously spoken out in parliament about the need for money to be spent making the road safer.
Anyone with information about the crash should contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.