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Praise for car horror rescue.

GRIEVING relatives yesterday thanked motorists who saved a Dutch mum and her girl from a death crash.

Karina Coffeng and her daughter Carliyn, four, were pulled from the burning wreckage of a smash that killed four.

Karina's husband Guido, 35, and the couple's one-year-old son Naut died in the A9 crash.

They were named as the victims yesterday along with husband and wife David, 71, and Julie Oswald, 6 8, of Newburgh, Fife.

All were killed in the head-on crash between the Oswald's pickup truck and the Coffeng's Volvo estate near the Slochd summit, north of Aviemore, on Saturday.

The Coffengs had been on holiday in the Highlands. Karina and Carliyn were said to be in a stable condition in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, yesterday.

In a statement, their relatives said: "The Coffeng and Nieland families wish to thank family, extended family, friends and staff from the ambulance, fire, hospital and police services for their support and special care for Karina and Carliyn Coffeng.

"A special thanks is also extended to the passers-by who helped get the family out of their burning vehicle."

It added: "The loss of father, son, brother and husband Guido and their beloved angel Naut in such tragic circumstances will remain with them forever."

The Oswalds lived at Fliskmillan Farm.

Mrs Oswald was an artist and her husband was secretary of the local community council.

The couple have three sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren.

The tragedy, which happened on a single-carriageway section, brought renewed calls for the A9 between Perth and Inverness to be dualled.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 30, 2008
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