TWO young women killed in a horror crash on the A1 had been best friends since primary school.
Twenty-one-year-olds Claire Jamieson and Dawn Morris died after the Ford Ka they were travelling in crashed with a Ford Focus near Torness nuclear power station on Thursday.
Claire – who would have been 22 this Friday – was a passenger in the car and died at the scene.
Dawn, who was driving, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and died the next day..
Another friend Marnie Taylor, 20, was injured in the crash and is recovering in hospital.
A 23-year-old man who was driving the Ford Focus and his 20-year-old female passenger were also taken to hospital.
Police have launched an investigation into the accident, which happened at about 7.40pm.
Firefighters had to use hydraulic cutting gear to free the occupants from the vehicles.
Claire and Dawn, both from Cowdenbeath, had been friends since attending primary school together.
Claire’s heartbroken father Kevin said the tragedy had left a “massive hole” in their lives which could never be filled.
He said: “Claire was a beautiful, bright and bubbly young lady who was always smiling. She would try to brighten up anyone’s day if she could.
“She never had a bad word to say about anyone and no-one had a bad word to say about her.
“She was always listening to music and loved attending festivals and gigs. Like most girls, she loved shopping trips with her mum and getting her hair and nails done.
“Claire loved to jet off on holiday with family or friends to a warmer climate. She was always saying ‘It’s freezing here’.”
He said she had a degree in business administration from Abertay University, adding: “She loved socialising and going out with friends at weekends. There was never a dull moment when Claire was around. There was always laughs to be had. She lived life to the fullest.
He said Claire and Dawn had both gone to Foulford primary school and Beath High School and remained close friends. He continued: “The family are devastated and heartbroken by the tragic events which have left a massive hole in our lives that can never be filled. Claire was an amazing daughter, sister and friend and will be truly missed by all.”
Scores of messages from shocked friends of the girls have been left on social networking sites. Laura Anderson wrote on Facebook: “Dawn, it has finally sunk in that this is real. Am missing you big time. Hope you and Claire party on up above. Been to see Marnie and she is going to be just fine, we are all going to make sure of that. Love you always.”
And Kieran Bruce write: “Hit me like a train today – goes to show how precious life can be. Thoughts go out to all families involved.”
A police spokesman said the investigation into the accident was continuing. They have appealed for witnesses to the crash to come forward.