Tributes to motorbike crash victim Alasdair Knox

Motorbike accident victim Alasdair Knox, from Tranent. Picture: comp

Motorbike accident victim Alasdair Knox, from Tranent. Picture: comp

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a motorcyclist who died in a tragic crash in the Highlands.

Former train driver Alasdair Knox, 45, was involved in a ­collision with a 4x4 vehicle close to the King’s House Hotel in Glencoe.

Mr Knox, from Tranent, was said to be a popular family man whose expertise in the railway industry was widely admired by his friends and colleagues.

He worked latterly for DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd, ­Britain’s largest rail freight company.

Simon Goodwin, area ­production manager, said: “Alasdair will be sadly missed by all his colleagues within DBS and indeed the wider ­railway family.

“The number of calls and messages received following the sad news is testament to Alasdair’s popularity.

“Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, Alasdair was respected not only as friend but for his knowledge and dedication to his work.

“His knowledge and experience of the rail industry were second to none.”

He said Mr Knox had a “zest for the outdoor life”.

He added: “We were all hugely shocked by Alasdair’s passing and the railway family are committed to supporting his family at this difficult time.

“A crucial member of the DBS team in Scotland, his presence will be sorely missed.

“There are few people I have met who demonstrated the enthusiasm and commitment that Alasdair showed in all aspects of life.

“A family man who enjoyed holidays with his caravan, he had a zest for the outdoor life, enjoying camping, cycling and walking.”

He worked for ScotRail from 1986 to 2000, starting as a driver’s assistant before becoming a driver, train crew supervisor and finally a driver team manager based at Edinburgh Waverley.

His former colleagues at ScotRail described him as a popular, bubbly and professional man, who got on well with everyone he met.

A company spokeswoman said: “Alasdair will be sorely missed by everyone at ScotRail.

“We would like to extend our sympathies to his family, friends and other colleagues.”

The accident happened shortly after 12.30am on Monday, on the A82 Glencoe-Bridge of Orchy road close to the Glen Etive junction.

The female driver of the 4x4 was treated overnight in Belford Hospital in Fort William, suffering from injuries to her foot and leg. The male passenger was released from hospital after treatment to a rib injury.

Police have appealed for ­witnesses to the accident to come forward.

john.connell@edinburghnews.com