A crash which claimed the lives of two lorry drivers was caused by “driver fatigue” on the part of one of them, a sheriff has ruled.
Farquhar Kennedy, 54, and Rimas Kuskys, 43, died after a crash on the A90 Aberdeen to Peterhead road on September 28 2015.
Mr Kennedy, who was described as a full-time agency driver, was contracted to drive for Warburtons Limited when his lorry veered into the opposite lane and collided with the vehicle driven by Mr Kuskys.
The accident happened close to Balmedie just before 1.20pm. Mr Kennedy and Mr Kuskys, who lived in Fraserburgh and worked for ASCO Group, both died at the scene.
Mr Kennedy, of Aberdeen, had started his shift at 4am that day.
The ruling of a Fatal Accident Inquiry into their deaths, held at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, has now been released.
The inquiry was heard before Sheriff Graeme Napier. In the ruling he stated the crash could have been avoided if Mr Kennedy had stopped his lorry and rested.
The report states CCTV footage from Mr Kennedy’s cab, covering the 15 minutes prior to the accident, shows the lorry veering across the carriageway “on several occasions for no apparent reason”.
And around 1.5 miles before the crash the lorry veered left and struck a kerb.
Sheriff Napier said: “On the balance of probabilities the cause of the vehicle being driven by Farquhar Greig Kennedy moving into the path of the vehicle being driven by Rimas Kuskys was driver fatigue on the part of Farquhar Greig Kennedy.”
He added: “Had Farquhar Kennedy responded to the first symptoms of fatigue which he experienced in the 15 minutes before the collision, by stopping his vehicle and resting, the accident and the resulting deaths might realistically have been avoided.”
The report goes on to state: “It is clear from the evidence available to me that Mr Kuskys’ driving did not contribute in any way to the accident.”