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Elgin firm worker loses job over fatal crash images

A worker at an Elgin vehicle recovery firm has lost his job after uploading images of wreckage from a fatal crash in the Highlands to social media.

Sheriffmill Motor Company was carrying out contract work for the AA at the scene of a crash involving a car and a lorry on the A82 near Glencoe in March.

Lorry driver Stewart McGifford, 48, of Caol, and car driver Ronald MacPhee, 44, of Mallaig, died at the scene.

The AA said the photographs were "totally unacceptable".

Sheriffmill Motor Company refused to comment.

The AA said the images taken by the recovery worker had shown the lorry, but not the deceased.

The AA said worker's employment was terminated following an investigation into a complaint about the images.

A spokesman said: "The pictures the AA saw, while showing the lorry and the cab area, absolutely did not include pictures of any deceased.

"Even so, we find these actions totally unacceptable and the operative concerned was immediately removed from working on AA contracts. His employment subsequently came to an end."

He added: "The AA views any inappropriate or unacceptable use of social media by its employees or garage agents very seriously and our garage contracts now expressly forbid the use of images being uploaded to social media. The consequence of which is termination of contract."

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