Mother and two children devastated as 'fantastic dad' killed in horror HGV motorway crash

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James Murray, 54, has been named as the man who died after his lorry overturned on the M8 at Hermiston Gate on Tuesday, August 23 at around 4pm.

He was rescued from the heavy goods vehicle after the incident, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for around 12 hours while crash scene investigators recovered the lorry and examined the area.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

In a statement, Mr Murray’s wife, Julie Murray, said he was a “fantastic dad” to their son and daughter.

She said: “There are no words that can truly describe the devastation and pain our family feels just now.

“James was my life and a fantastic dad to Lauren and Jamie and also a wonderful son.

“It’s so hard to comprehend what has happened and to think we will never see his smile or hear his laughter again.”

The vehicle overturned a short distance west of the Hermiston Gait roundabout. 

Following the incident the road was closed for around 12 hours to allow for an investigation at the scene, and to allow for the vehicle to be recovered. 

Sergeant Paul Ewing, of Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit, said at the time: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man involved in this incident.

“Our enquiries to establish what led to this incident are ongoing and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances around the incident.

Anyone with information that has not yet spoken to police is asked to call 101, quoting reference 2184 of August 23.

The incident came amid a week of travel disruption as rail strikes prompted more people to take to the motorways. 

It was the biggest rail strike in 30 years, with more than 50,000 workers from Network Rail and 13 train operators staging a walkout on June 21, 23, and 25, after talks over pay and redundancies fell through.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is fighting for workers to receive a pay rise in line with inflation, to prevent workers from effectively getting a pay cut as inflation soars.

Inflation rates rocketed to nine percent in April – its highest in 40 years, and this is only predicted to rise further.

The RMT said this means workers should receive a pay rise of at least 11.1 percent.

The RMT also said Government transportation cuts will see Network Rail axe 2,500 rail maintenance jobs in a bid to make £2 million in savings over the next two years.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge: “We have to fight this because we haven’t had any pay rises, we are faced with thousands of job cuts and they want to rip up our terms and conditions in a form of hire and re-hire that is internal to the railway.

“If there is not a settlement we will continue our campaign. I think there are going to be many more unions balloting across the country because people can’t take it anymore.”

The M8 faced severe traffic this week as industrial action hit on Tuesday and Thursday, with another set for Saturday.

Other severely affected motorways include the M74, and A9 in Scotland, as well as the M4, A55, A5, and A483 in Wales.



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