Two toddlers and their parents have been killed in a horror smash on a notorious road in the Scottish highlands.
Tragic Gemma Cousin, 26, was driving husband, Rhys, and their two daughters, Peyton and Heidi, home in the family car when it was involved in a collision with a red ford fiesta on the A82 near Torlundy on Thursday night.
Tonight relatives in Inverness were too upset to talk but said they planned to release a statement tomorrow.
Dozens of tributes have been paid to the young couple and their daughters, aged 3 and 1, following the horrific accident.
The 56-year-old driver of the other car is currently in hospital receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
Family members have been posting pictures of the children on social media while hundreds of friends have expressed their sympathies.
One wrote: 'RIP Rhys Cousin u were such a kind caring Lad rip cuz as they say god only takes the best.'
A workmate of Rhys said: 'RIP not known you along time but was fun working with you you had a good future ahead such a young family GBNF Rhys Cousin you was a good man.'
Specially trained officers are supporting the families of the dead couple while police investigate the cause of the crash.
The road was closed for over 12 hours.
Police sources said police officers, paramedics and firefighters who attended at the scene are also being supported by colleagues.
A senior source said: "The scene that met the first responders was challenging and distressing. They have been offered counselling if required. Every death is a tragedy but even more so when it's young children involved.
Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, of Police Scotland Road Policing, said: "Emergency services were made aware of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on the A82 near Torlundy around 5.30pm on Thursday, 20 February, 2020.
"I can sadly confirm that four people have died - a female driver, 26, a male front seat passenger, 25, and two children - both girls aged three and one. All four were travelling in a green Mini Cooper.
"Further details will be confirmed in due course but I can confirm that they were a family. Specialist officers have been deployed to provide support to their relatives at this extremely difficult time.
"The other vehicle involved was a red Ford Fiesta car. The 56-year-old woman who was driving suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Belford Hospital in Fort William for treatment.
"The scene faced by our police officers and emergency partners from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service was extremely challenging and I would take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their efforts in the face of such a distressing incident.
"Every loss of life on our roads is a tragedy but the impact on families, friends and entire communities after an incident like this cannot be underestimated. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been involved or affected.
"An investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances leading to this tragedy and it would be wrong for me to speculate on the cause at this time.
"However, I would ask that anyone who was in the area last night, who may have seen either vehicle involved before the collision or who may have dashcam footage to please contact police 101, quoting incident 2942 of 20 February."
Kate Forbes, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, tweeted: "This is extremely sad news. Thinking of the families and friends who are dealing with the shock of all of this."