Police officer Ian Smollet dies after being hit by tanker on M8

Ian Smollet Mr Smollet got out of a vehicle on the hard shoulder shortly before he was hit by the Leyland Daf truck

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An off-duty police officer has died after being hit by a tanker on the M8.

Ian Smollet, 35, from Livingston, who was on foot at the time, received serious injuries when he was hit by the Leyland Daf truck.

He died later in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The accident happened on the westbound carriageway, near junction 2, on Thursday afternoon.

The road was closed for about five hours. The Edinburgh city bypass and Hermiston Gait were affected by delays.

Mr Smollet left a vehicle that had stopped on the hard shoulder of the westbound carriageway at about 15:40 before being hit by the truck.

Ch Supt Gill Imery, of Police Scotland, said: "It is with the deepest regret I can confirm that Det Con Ian Smollet, who served in the Lothians and Scottish Borders division, has died following Thursday's collision on the M8.

"Our sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.

"Road policing officers are continuing their investigation and I would urge any members of the public who witnessed the collision, or who believe they can assist with this enquiry to contact police immediately."

Police have appealed for anyone who saw the accident to contact them.

Mr Smollet's family have paid tribute to him.

In a statement release through Police Scotland they said: "Ian was a caring and loving husband, an amazing dad and will be missed immensely.

"We would ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time and allow us to grieve in private."

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