THREE teenagers killed in a car crash on a remote road in East Lothian have been named locally,
The two boys aged 15 and 16 and an 18-year-old girl, thought to be students at Dunbar Grammar School, were all travelling in the same car on an unclassified road at Tyninghame, leading to the beach.
Another 16-year-old boy, who was also in the car, was injured and is now being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
No other vehicle was involved in the accident, which happened shortly before 8.25pm last night.
The victims were named locally as Josh Stewart, David Armstrong and Jenna Barbour. The injured boy was named as fellow pupil Robbie Gemmell.
The accident happened at about 8.30pm on Monday on an unclassified road near the tiny village of Tyninghame.
The Peugeot 206 in which they were travelling came off the road and struck a wall.
Jenna’s parents were too upset to speak but a neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “She was such a lovely girl. It’s a complete shock.
“I’ve lived here for years so I’ve practically watched her grow up.
“She was into horse riding. You just can’t imagine what they are going through.
“She has a younger brother and he must be devastated. It is just horrible, especially so near to Christmas.”
Friends and family posted tributes to the teens, who all attended or had recently left Dunbar Grammar School, on social media.
David’s cousin, Connie Craig, posted on Twitter: “Rip to the beautiful, beautiful David. So so proud to call you my little cousin. Done everyone so proud. You’re not in any pain :( no words.”
While friend, Lewis Ross, said: “This doesn’t seem real... Thoughts with their friends and family, RIP lads.”
Gary Dunn posted on Facebook: “I can’t get my head around this it doesn’t even feel real at all!”
He added: “Praying for robbie! Can’t bare to lose another great lad!”
Twitter user @KimmMcLaughlin posted: “As much as this day has ruined everything. I’m praying Robbie’s going to pull through.”
In Tyninghame, one local, who asked not to be named, expressed surprise, saying the stretch of road where the accident happened was straight although it was “frosty” at the time.
East Lothian Council Education and Children’s Wellbeing Spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar said: “Dunbar Grammar School is mourning the loss of three students killed in a road accident near East Linton last night. Dunbar is a very close and strong community and very few young people at school will not have known at least one of the young people involved.
“A special assembly was held this morning with S5/S6 to reflect on what had happened and to offer comfort and support. Teachers across the school are supporting young people and counselling services are also on hand.
“Students have been offered the opportunity to go home as long as there’s someone there to support them. However, many have opted to stay to seek support from their friends and staff.
“The grief will be felt for a long time and at the moment the school is focusing on supporting its young people and the families of those who died, and on sending our best wishes and thoughts for the recovery of the young person who survived the accident.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Tragically, this incident has resulted in three young people losing their lives and we are currently trying to establish exactly what has happened.
“Any motorists who were on the road at the time and have information that can help with our investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”
It is the latest of many road tragedies to claim the lives of teenagers in Scotland.
A statement released by Dunbar RFC said that training this evening had been cancelled as a mark of respect.
“Today Dunbar is in mourning for the loss of three young lives and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have lost loved ones. No words can ever truly express the sadness and grief that people feel in a moment as this. All we can do is offer the support and love to those involved in their moment of need. We continue to hope and pray for the recovery of those injured in the accident.
“As a mark of respect all training has been cancelled tonight.”