Husband looks on in horror as wife killed in car smash


By Rory Reynolds and Oliver Farrimond

A HORRIFIED husband helplessly looked on as his wife smashed head-on with another car, killing her and two teens in East Lothian.

The husband, named locally as James Bruce, was driving in his own car behind wife Sheena and watched as her Nissan Micra collided with a Renault Clio in the fatal crash.

54-year-old supermarket worker Sheena had just picked her car up from a repair garage when the collision occurred.

Husband James was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary suffering from shock after witnessing his wife’s fatal accident.

Moved to tears on his doorstep yesterday (Sunday), he said: “It’s a tragic accident and we are still trying to come to terms with it at this difficult time.”

The grief-stricken husband is well known in the area for his work with a number of charities and as an active member of the Rotary club.

James Whitecross and Daniel Neil, both 17, and also from Tranent, were also killed in the collision on the A199, at Macmerry, west of Haddington, just after 9pm on Friday.

Both teenagers and Sheena Bruce were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The following day (Saturday), friends of the two teenagers laid flowers and hung signed football strips where the Renault Clio crashed, as the debris from the accident was still being cleared.

Friend John Black, 23, said: “They went everywhere and did everything together.

“They were both very well known and liked in the town and everyone is devastated at what has happened.”

Colleagues of Sheena Bruce from the Asda where she worked at The Jewel shopping centre in Edinburgh left her green and black Asda jacket at the scene of the accident as a tribute.

The fatal accident was one of five over the weekend which left a total of six people dead.