Tributes paid to Dundee driver Ian ‘Fingers’ Fordyce killed in school bus crash

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Ian 'Fingers' Fordyce

Tributes have been paid to a popular Dundee man killed in a bus crash outside Aberdeen.

Ian Fordyce, 68, from the Dundee area, was fatally injured as he took pupils to Lathallan School in Johnshaven on Friday morning.

The collision occurred near Maryculter Bridge around 7.45am and involved a red Audi A5 car, a white Daf lorry and a single-decker bus belonging to Laurencekirk firm MW Nicoll.

In a statement, Mr Fordyce’s family said: “Ian, affectionately  known as ‘Fingers’ to most of his friends, was very well known and popular with everyone he met.

“He drove coaches for 40 years and loved every minute of it.

“He will be a sorely missed brother, father, grandfather and friend.”

Ice hockey club the Dundee Comets also took to social media to pay their tribute to the popular driver.

A statement read: “It is with great sadness that Dundee Comets share the news of the passing of Ian Fordyce who was tragically killed while driving a bus in Aberdeenshire.

“Fingers drove the Comets to many of their away fixtures over the years and held a special place in our hearts.

“RIP Fingers. Gone but not forgotten.”

The male drivers of the car and lorry, aged 40 and 56 respectively, were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with non-life-threatening injuries, but Mr Fordyce was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 13 shocked children on board escaped with cuts and bruises and clambered to safety through an emergency exit.

Sergeant Rob Warnock, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident which has resulted in a 68-year-old man losing his life.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. ”

Lathallan School is offering children counselling and the head teacher and staff will be monitoring the situation.

They will be on hand over the holidays if parents have any concerns.