Family pays tribute to former teacher killed in crash
Bernard McCourt, 63, died after his Fiat Bravo collided with a HGV near Alness on Wednesday.
A man who died in a crash with a lorry on the A9 in Ross-shire was a "much- loved husband, father and grandfather".
Bernard McCourt, 63, died when his Fiat Bravo collided with a heavy goods vehicle at the Milnafua junction near Alness on Wednesday at around 8.10am.
Mr McCourt, from Alness, was well known in the local community, having been a technology teacher at Alness Academy.
Paying tribute, his family said: "Bernard was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by a great many people.
"He was very well known in the local community having worked at Alness Academy for many years, taking great pride in teaching generations of children in technology, maths and computing.
"We would like to thank everyone who has sent us messages of sympathy, your kind words mean a lot to us.
"Our family is deeply saddened by this sudden loss and we would request space to grieve in peace at this difficult time."
The HGV driver received treatment for non-serious injuries at the scene, while the road was closed for five hours.
Road policing sergeant Alasdair Mackay said: "Our thoughts are with Mr McCourt's family and friends at this time.
"Our investigation into the collision remains ongoing and I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the collision or could have dashcam footage to come forward as soon as possible."