Page last updated at 13:12 GMT, Monday, 6 July 2009 14:12 UK

Teacher in minibus collapse dies

John Clark, left, and Andrew Kellock
John Clark, left, and Andrew Kellock were praised for their actions

A teacher who collapsed at the wheel of a school minibus carrying pupils has died.

David Aitchison, 58, was driving a Millburn Academy rugby team back to Inverness from a match in Plockton in February when he took ill.

Two pupils sitting in the front of the bus managed to bring it safely to a halt. John Clark and Andrew Kellock were later praised for their actions.

Mr Aitchison died at the Highland Hospice.

The incident happened near the Clunie Inn on the A87 between Invermoriston and Kyle.

John, 13, and Andrew, 12, managed to grab the wheel and handbrake.

Fourteen other boys were on the bus.

A keen sportsman, Mr Aitchison was a former PE teacher.

His sister, Linda Mason, said: "Dave had a great passion for life and will be sadly missed by a wide range of people in the many interests he enjoyed.

"The overwhelming support he received during his illness from colleagues, pupils and ex-pupils, friends and past rugby team-mates was indicative of the impact and difference he had made to many people both as a teacher and a friend."



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Pupils praised for minibus action
04 Mar 09 |  Highlands and Islands

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific