Workmates pay tribute to A9 victim Steven McCaig

Engineer Steven McCaig. Picture: contributed

Engineer Steven McCaig. Picture: contributed

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Workmates of an engineer killed on one of Scotland’s most notorious roads have laid a hard hat, wreaths and work overalls beside the carriageway in a poignant tribute to their colleague.

Steven McCaig, from Edinburgh, died after his car left the A9 and plunged down an embankment into a burn in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Tributes left at the crash site. Picture: contributed

Tributes left at the crash site. Picture: contributed

Today, Mr McCaig’s workmates created a temporary memorial at the site of the accident involving the apparatus the 37-year-old deployed daily in his job as an overhead linesman at construction firm Balfour Beatty.

In an online tribute, co-worker Stuart Gilmarton, who helped assemble the memorial, said his friend’s death had “left a massive hole in our hearts and lives”.

And he said: “A small message from me and the Balfour boys! Steven McCaig gone but not forgotten.”

Relatives of Mr McCaig described it as a “fitting tribute”.

It is understood the “kind-hearted” engineer had been working in the Highlands helping to construct the Beauly-Denny powerline.

He had been travelling north on the A9 Inverness-Perth road when his Ford Focus car left the carriageway three miles south of Dalwhinnie at around 6.20am on Sunday.

No other vehicles had been involved in the accident and Mr McCaig was pronounced dead when emergency services arrived at the scene.

Colin Boyle, one of Mr McCaig’s closest friends, said his “world stopped” when he heard the news.

He wrote: “My beautiful Steve was taken away from me in a traffic accident.

“My heart is broken. Why did God take you? I will never know.

“You were so looking forward to meeting your new little nephew and spoiling him.

“If there is a heaven I know you’re there and you will get to have some more of those interesting chats with your nana you always told me about. Not a day will go by I won’t think of you and miss you.”

Sister Karen McCaig said she would ensure Steven’s legacy lived on. “There will never be a day that goes by that we won’t miss you,” she said.

“Your nephew will get daily stories of us growing up together and hear all about your drunken antics. Sleep tight.”

A spokesman for Balfour Beatty said the firm could not comment on the incident due to the police investigation but said: “Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”

The accident comes one year after Trinity residents Abigail Houston and seven-year-old daughter Mia died on the A9 between Newtonmore and Kingussie.

The Scottish Government has promised to upgrade the A9 to dual carriageway between Perth and Inverness, but the £3 billion project involving 12 sections of road is not due for completion until 2025.

Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling faster timetable.

nash.riggins@edinburghnews.com