Tayside and Central Scotland

Man killed during off-road event in Coupar Angus

Gaskhill Woods, near Hillfoots Farm Pic Richard Webb and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence
Image caption The 4x4 event was held close to Gaskhill Woods above Hillfoot Farm

A competitor at an off-road driving event in Perthshire was killed when his car plunged 200ft down an embankment.

Andrew Guinan, 23, from West Lothian, died at the scene after his vehicle rolled down the slope, at Hillfoot Farm, near Coupar Angus, on Sunday.

Emergency services were called at about 1300 GMT after the alarm was raised by members of the Tay 4x4 Club, which had organised the day-long event.

Rescue teams struggled to reach the man because of the steep terrain.

Tayside Police said Mr Guinan, from Mid Calder in Livingston, was heading up the steep hill in his 4x4 when it became unstable and rolled over, eventually coming to rest about 200ft down the hill.

It is understood that on-one else was involved in the incident.

Fire crews from nearby Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie stations were called, along with an appliance from Perth and a specialist heavy rescue unit.

Tayside Police search and rescue team was also called out.

'Poor conditions'

Station manager Graham Smart of Tayside Fire and Rescue, who was incident commander at the scene, said the steep terrain and remoteness of the crash site, near Gaskhill Woods, created an "extremely challenging situation" for the emergency services.

Mr Smart said: "Poor underfoot conditions meant the transportation of extrication and trauma equipment could only be achieved using additional 4x4 capabilities.

"Tragically, the driver was pronounced dead by Tayside Trauma Team as we arrived at the scene and a plan was then put in place to remove him safely from the hillside."

He said that fire and rescue crews remained at the crash site for some time to help Tayside Police make the scene safe and remove the driver.

Tay 4x4 Club chairman and events organiser David Tindal said a statement would be released in due course.

Club members regularly gather for off-road events.

Hillfoot Farm, at Kinrossie, is a regular meeting place and is described on the club's website as "basically one big steepish hill with bog areas all around the bottom of the hill".

The club, which has more than 70 members, operates under the auspices of national governing body, the Motor Sports Association (MSA).

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