A man has tragically died after his motor was hit by a falling tree in Aberdeenshire as the country was battered by 100mph winds.

Emergency services were called to the scene involving a Nissan Navara pick-up truck on the B977 near Hatton of Fintray at around 5.45pm on Friday.

The 35-year-old, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police van which had been responding to the tragic incident was then completely destroyed after a large tree blew on top of it.

No officers were inside the vehicle at the time.

Sergeant Craig McNeill of the Divisional Road Policing Unit at Inverurie said: “Our thoughts are very much with the man’s family and friends at this time.

“Officers responding to this crash had parked a distance away due to weather conditions. On returning to their van they discovered a tree had fallen on it. No one was injured.

“Any witnesses to this crash or anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference number 2999 of 26 November.”

The Met Office yesterday issued a rare ‘danger to life’ warning for large parts of Scotland as wind, rain and snow swept across the country.

The total death count for the storm now sits at three after two other men were killed yesterday.

A primary school headteacher died after being hit by a falling tree in Antrim, Northern Ireland, while another man died in Cumbria.

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