The lorry driver involved in a crash which claimed the life of a young motorcyclist has been left “absolutely devastated” by the incident.
Emergency crews were called out to Dunkeld Road in Perth shortly after 8.30am on Wednesday following the two-vehicle collision.
The motorcyclist, a 20-year-old man driving a white Kawasaki, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released.
The driver of the lorry, owned by the Binn Group, was uninjured.
However, speaking at the family home the driver’s wife said her husband was in shock.
She added that she and her husband sent their sincerest condolences to the motorcyclist’s family.
She said: “This is a very hard time both for my husband and the lad’s family. It’s heartbreaking to see my husband go through all this but it must be a million times worse for the lad’s family.”
She said her husband had been driving lorries for 30 years and nothing like this had ever happened to him before.
She added: “He has been given compassionate leave and will receive counselling.
“One minute he is numb, the next he is fending off tears. At the moment, he is trying hard to hold it together for the sake of our children at Christmas.
“Otherwise, I think he would completely break down. This is the most terrible thing to have happened, especially at this time of year.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm that, sadly, a 20-year-old man who was involved in the serious road traffic collision in Dunkeld Road, Perth, has died. His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them.”
Jim Brown, a director at the Binn Group, said the firm was cooperating with police, adding: “Our first thoughts are with the young man’s family and friends and we offer our heartfelt sympathies to them. It is a terrible thing to happen.
“At the moment the matter is in the hands of the police and we are working with them.
“All our vehicles have front and rear-facing cameras and we have handed over the footage from the vehicle. We will also be offering our driver any support he may need.”