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‘Suicide’ teen Tweeted with friends hours before death on M8

A TEENAGER who died in a motorway fireball Tweeted about conditioning his hair just hours before apparently taking his own life.

The tragic student, named locally as Callum Aitken, 19, died after driving a car the wrong way on the M8 and crashing head-on into an articulated lorry.

Callum, from Bathgate, West Lothian, tweeted about his favourite bands and his hair just six hours before the horrific smash, on the eastbound lane near Harthill, at 1am yesterday.

Tributes poured in for Callum Aitken, who died on the M8


The driver of the HGV needed hospital treatment for shock following the incident, which closed the motorway for five hours as police investigated.

Sources said today it appeared Callum had taken his own life.

His last message to friends, posted on Twitter just six hours earlier at 7pm, read:”Just conditioned my hair as normal, I’m in denial about what happened on monday.”

A friend tweeted back: “ahahah i forgot you got a baldy!”

Tributes were pouring in today from friends on Twitter and Facebook.

Stephen J Alexander tweeted: “Love you to pieces @Callum_Aitken11, RIP mate”

Moly McGiffen tweeted: “Love you @Callum_Aitken11 always will man! cant believe it! We’re all supporting you today! Gone but never forgotten! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”

And Leona Smith posted on Facebook: “We just made up like a couple weeks ago after a stupid argument! so many memories, him running about in my baby grow and furry hat a couple Christmas’ ago.”

Police said they have received reports that the Fiat Stilo driven by Callum was travelling west on the eastbound carriageway of the M8.

The crash happened about one mile east of Harthill.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “There are reports the Fiat Stilo was travelling west on the eastbound carriageway, having joined it at junction 3A, before it collided with the HGV which was heading east.

“The eastbound carriageway of the M8 was closed between junction five, Shotts, and junction four, Whitburn, for around five hours while investigations were carried out at the scene. One lane reopened around 6am, with the full carriageway reopened about 8.50am.

“We are investigating the circumstances that resulted in this collision and would encourage any motorists who were on the road at the time to contact police immediately, “Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist police with their enquiries are also asked to come forward.”

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