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Teenage crash victims flown home
Road sign on A9 close to the scene of the crash
The section of A9 affected leads to the Kessock Bridge and Inverness
The bodies of two Peruvian teenagers who died in a road accident in Inverness are being flown home.

Carlos De Guzman, 15, and Gianmarco Vilcapona, 14, were in Scotland on an exchange programme run by the Free Church of Scotland.

They were in a car driven by former teacher Donald MacLeod, 82, who had a heart attack and crashed into a lorry.

Donations collected at Mr Macleod's funeral are to be given to the school in Lima where the boys were pupils.

Lost control

The tragedy happened last week on the northbound carriageway of the A9 at a lay-by just before the Kessock Bridge roundabout.

Mr MacLeod, a former rector of Fortrose Academy, was driving his Honda CRV 4x4 when he suffered the heart attack and lost control of his vehicle.

It left the road and ploughed into the back of the parked Tesco lorry.

It is a tremendous tragedy. He was an elderly man but a heart attack can happen to people of various ages
Rev Alex MacDonald

Mr MacLeod's funeral took place on Friday at Knockbain Free Church in Munlochy.

His family requested donations be made to the Colegio San Andres (St Andrew's School) where the teenagers were pupils.

Rev Alex MacDonald, spokesman for the Free Church, said the remaining 10 students from Peru were in Edinburgh and would fly home on Monday.

The bodies of the two dead teenagers are being flown home ahead of the party and expected to arrive in Lima on Sunday.

Rev MacDonald added: "Mr MacLeod's family has confirmed to me that he had a heart attack.

"It is a tremendous tragedy. He was an elderly man but a heart attack can happen to people of various ages.

"I have just seen the young people down here in Edinburgh and they have been marvellous.

"Having one of their teachers and their head master with them has been a big support for them. The young people have been full of praise for the people of Inverness and at Knockbain Free Church too."


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