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Police Scotland has now released the names of the family of four who were all killed in a horrific road traffic collision on the A82 north of Fort William on Thursday evening.
They were Gemma Cousin (nee Davidson), 26, Rhys Cousin, 25, and their two young daughters, three-year-old Peyton Cousin and her one-year-old sister, Heidi Cousin. The family lived in the Inverness area.
A statement has been issued by their extended family through Police Scotland.
They said: ‘Both families are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Gemma, Rhys, Peyton and Heidi.
‘They were a young family with so much to look forward to. To have their lives cut short so suddenly and in such circumstances is utterly devastating.
‘As a young couple Gemma and Rhys worked really hard to provide a loving, secure and safe home and family life for their girls who they were totally devoted to. They were known by many with both families being extended and their loss will be felt far and wide.
‘Due to the horrific circumstances we would like to thank the emergency services and everyone who was involved on the night. We would also like to thank everyone for the support we continue to receive.
‘As a family, we now respectfully ask that we are given the time and privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the loss of Rhys, Gemma, Peyton and Heidi.’
The family was travelling northbound in a green Mini Cooper car on the A82 at Torlundy when the collision happened around 5.30pm on Thursday.
The other vehicle involved was a red Ford Fiesta car. The 56-year-old woman who was driving suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.
A thorough police investigation to establish the full circumstances which led to the collision is ongoing.
Anyone who has information which has not yet been passed to police is asked to come forward.
This includes if you have seen either vehicle involved on the road before the collision or if you have dashcam footage which may be of use.
Please call 101, quoting incident 2942 of 20 February.
The A82 was closed for around 11 and a half hours following the accident.
Local MSP Kate Forbes commented on social media, saying: ‘There are no words to express my sadness at this news. I’m sure many friends and family members are numb with shock and grief and my thoughts are with them.’