TRIBUTES have been paid to a coach driver who died in a crash on the Forth Road Bridge diversion route.
Roy Paul, 25, was driving home in his own car after dropping off his bus at the AAA Coaches depot in East Calder last Sunday morning.
He had just finished a shift driving to West Lothian from Inverness before the crash in poor weather on the A985 Kincardine to Cairneyhill road at around 7am.
Mr Paul, from Burntisland in Fife, was taken to Forth Valley Hospital, where he died two days later. A 56-year-old man was treated for injuries at the scene.
Linda Sutherland, manager of AAA Coaches Ltd, said Mr Paul’s colleagues at the company had been left devastated.
“There don’t seem to be any words that can describe the loss or anguish Roy’s family must be feeling at the moment, but what we can say is that he was a keen, happy-go-lucky gentleman who seemed to take everything in his stride,” she said.
“He was a valued member of our team and in the short time we knew him became a key member of staff.
“In the short few months he worked for us, we had numerous compliments coming in from customers that he was excellent at his job.”
Ms Sutherland said tributes to Mr Paul had been flooding in from customers, other operators and fellow drivers.
Traffic has been diverted via the A985 since the Forth Road Bridge was closed last Friday morning.
The road was closed for several hours after the crash, with traffic instead sent along the A977.
Mr Paul’s family issued a tribute to him, saying: “Roy was a loving son, brother and uncle who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
“We would ask for privacy to grieve at this difficult time.”
Police are still appealing for witnesses who saw the collision between a Vauxhall Astra and a Peugeot Boxer van.
Temporary Police Sergeant James Henry, of Fife Road Policing, said: “Our thoughts and condolences go to Roy’s family at this difficult time.
“We would like to ask anyone who may have witnessed this collision, or who has information that can assist us with our inquiries, to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.