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Girl, 14, dies after family car overturns into burn

The family of Kirsten Duguid paid tribute to the 14-year-old, who died after a crash in Ellon.

Crash: Kirsten was taken to hospital.
Crash: Kirsten was taken to hospital.

A girl aged 14 has died after the car she was in careered off the road and landed upside down in a burn.

Kirsten Duguid was in a silver Audi A3, understood to have been driven by her father, when it left the road in Aberdeenshire on Friday evening.

Police and emergency services were called to the road to Drumwhindle just off the A948 in the Mains of Arnage area, Ellon, at around 6.20pm.

The vehicle had become submerged and officers helped to remove Kirsten and her sister, aged 12, from the water.

Kirsten's father, 43, and sister suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.

Kirsten was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but died later.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, her family paid tribute to the 14-year-old, from Ellon.

Crash: Police helped to remove the girls.
Crash: Police helped to remove the girls. STV

They said: "Kirsten was a much loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, cousin and niece.

"Her kindness, generosity and kind hearted spirit touched many. Kirsten will be sorely missed and we would ask for time to grieve as a family.

"Our deepest and heartfelt thanks go to all first responders and the medical staff at ARI."

Chief inspector Elaine Logue said: "This is a tragic incident which will touch the hearts of all those who knew Kirsten as well as the wider community. Our thoughts at this time are with Kirsten's family.

"I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the emergency services who attended at the scene - it is clear brave attempts were made to free the young girls from the vehicle.

"Members of the public also assisted at the scene and I would like to thank them sincerely for everything they did to help while faced with such tragic circumstances.

"Police Scotland will continue to provide support to those affected at this very sad and difficult time.

"Enquiries are ongoing and at an early stage and as always I would appeal to anyone with any information, or who saw the vehicle prior to the collision, to contact Police on 101."

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