A fatal accident inquiry into the M9 crash which killed Lamara Bell and John Yuill will finally start next year – seven years after the double tragedy.

A date for the probe is to be announced by the Crown Office this week and the families have been told.

Lamara, 25, and partner John, 28, were returning from a camping trip when their car plunged down an embankment near Bannockburn on July 5, 2015.

A call was made to police that day to report the crash but it wasn’t followed up and officers only attended three days later when a further 999 call was made. John died at the scene while Lamara passed away in hospital on July 12.

The FAI is expected to begin in the latter part of 2022.

The Record revealed last week that Lamara’s family are to receive more than £1million in damages from Police Scotland.

The force was fined in September after admitting call-handling failures contributed to her death.

John’s father, Gordon Yuill, said the family have questions over why police scrapped the car involved without permission.

He added the £100,000 fine was pointless, as it will be covered by taxpayers.

The Bell family said the conclusion of the civil claim was the end of “chasing answers, recognition and justice for six years”.

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