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Family of tractor driver killed in East Neuk collision back in court ahead of inquiry

Malcolm White.
Malcolm White.

Relatives of a Fife tractor driver returned to court as they await answers to how he died in an accident in the East Neuk.

Malcolm White’s wife Joanie and their son and daughter were at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing before a fatal accident inquiry in May.

Mr White, 53, who lived in Pittenweem, died when the Case tractor he was driving careered off the road and overturned near Anstruther on the evening of June 7, 2017.

The FAI is being held because Mr White died as a result of an accident at work.

At the inquiry on May 12 and 13 evidence will be led with the aim of establishing how the incident on the Ovenstone to Carnbee road happened and whether any lessons can be learned to prevent a similar tragedy in future.

Mr White’s son Stewart will be among those who will give evidence during the probe.

A joint minute of agreed facts was lodged and Sheriff Alastair Brown heard from solicitors, including Ling Deng on behalf of the White family, and the procurator fiscal depute on their preparations for the case.

At previous hearings it was stated the tractor had been in storage in a salvage yard for more than two years and that the issues to be examined are likely to include a potentially faulty brake and the condition of an axle.

Sheriff Brown set a further preliminary hearing for April 15.

Shortly after Mr White’s death, his family issued a statement describing him as “a loving, caring and adoring husband, father, brother and son”.

He was been a well-known and popular member of the community where he had lived for a long time.

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