Tributes paid to Fife man who died in M8 crash

Police are searching for missing Robert Johnstone (86)
Police are searching for missing Robert Johnstone (86)

The family of a Fife man who died in a crash on the M8 on Monday have paid tribute to him.

Wayne Strickland (49) from Inverkeithing died in the multi-vehicle crash on one of Scotland’s busiest roads during rush hour.

Wayne Strickland, 49, from Inverkeithing who was killed in a crash on the M8

Wayne Strickland, 49, from Inverkeithing who was killed in a crash on the M8

At around 8.50am, a Peugeot 206, Kia Rio, Mercedes van and an articulated HGV were all involved in the collision, resulting in the motorway being closed in both directions for almost eight hours.

As a result of the incident, Mr Strickland died at the scene while the occupants of the other vehicles were taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

While formal identification has yet to take place, it has been established that Mr Strickland was the owner of the Peugeot 206 and his family have been informed and offered all the necessary support and assistance they require.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision, who have not already spoken to police, to come forward.

Wayne was a devoted husband to Bernadette and much adored father

Paying tribute, Mr Strickland’s family said: “Wayne was a much loved and respected father, husband, son and brother.

“A business advisor with West Lothian Council, he was on his way to work from his home in Inverkeithing when the accident happened.

“Wayne was a devoted husband to Bernadette and much adored father. He was one of life’s true gentlemen and he will be sadly missed.”

A spokesman for West Lothian Council said: “Wayne was a very popular and respected colleague and those that worked with him have been left devastated by this tragic news.

“Wayne had worked with West Lothian Council for a number of years and those that had the pleasure to work with him feel very fortunate to have known him as a colleague and friend.

“As a business advisor Wayne worked closely with the local community to help people set up their own companies and his loss will be felt by the wider business community in West Lothian.

“He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with Wayne’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

Anyone who has any information regarding the crash is asked to call Police on 101.