Inquiry launched into the death of a West Lothian lorry driver who was killed on the M8

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A Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of a West Lothian[2] lorry driver who tragically died on the M8 two years ago is set to get underway in October.

Father of two, James Murray[3], 54, died on August 23, 2022, after his trailer became unsettled causing both the trailer and lorry to fall. The road traffic accident happened near junction 1 of the M8 westbound near Hermiston Gait roundabout.

Father of two, James Murray, died in August 2022 in a road traffic accident Father of two, James Murray, died in August 2022 in a road traffic accident
Father of two, James Murray, died in August 2022 in a road traffic accident

The inquiry will aim to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident, the cause of death and if ‘any reasonable precautions could have been taken, and could be implemented in the future, to minimise the risk of future deaths in similar circumstances.’

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service[4] (COPFS) has lodged a First Notice to begin the court process for the inquiry, with a preliminary hearing taking place next month on May 17 at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court[5]. The inquiry will be held on October 9, 10 and 11. It is anticipated that the inquiry will consider whether there were any defects in any system of working which contributed to the death.  

Procurator Fiscal Andy Shanks, who leads on death investigations for COPFS, said: “The death of James Murray occurred while in the course of his employment and as such a Fatal Accident Inquiry is mandatory. The lodging of the First Notice enables FAI proceedings to commence under the direction of the Sheriff.”       

Mr Shanks added: “Mr Murray’s family will continue to be kept informed of significant developments as court proceedings progress.” 

James Murray, from Armadale in West Lothian was described as a ‘fantastic dad’ by his wife Julie following his death. In a statement released by Police Scotland[6] in 2022, Julie Murray 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.”


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