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CRASH VICTIM SHOCK; PC finds wife dying.

A POLICEMAN who attended the scene of a road crash found his wife dying.

Paul Aitchison was horrified to see that the victim lying in a country lane near a motorbike was his wife Tracey, 33.

The special constable in the Borders was on duty and had responded to what he thought was a routine call to the crash near the Scotland- England border.

Fellow officers had to help him away from the scene when it was discovered that Tracey had suffered terrible head injuries when her motorbike collided with a lorry on the B6347 at 12.25pm just south of Whitsome village.

Last night he was being comforted by his own and Tracey's families who were too stunned to talk about the tragedy.

Paramedics called to the accident had rushed her to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. But Tracey, of Ladykirkshiels, Coldstream, died there the following day.

Police road traffic accident investigators closed the road for nearly three hours as they made a detailed investigation.

One police insider said: "Paul was on duty at the time and was simply responding to a call from his area headquarters that there had been a motorcycle accident.

"At the time no one would have known the identity of the victim. It turned out to be an appalling coincidence."

A Scottish Police Federation spokesman said: "Police officers are trained in how to deal with traffic accidents. But nothing in the world could prepare an officer for something like this."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2006
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