Driver who died after M9 police car chase named

Declan Connell died after a crash on the M9
-Credit: (Image: Police Scotland)


A man who died in a horror crash on the M9 motorway, after being pursued by police has been named.

Declan Connell, aged 27, tragically passed away following the incident on the M9 between junction 8 and 9 on Sunday, July 7 at around 11:50am.

Declan, from Falkirk, was driving a white Vauxhall Corsa southbound on the motorway, when it veered off the road and landed down an embankment.

A number of emergency officers look down the embankment following the horror crash.
A number of emergency officers look down the embankment following the horror crash. -Credit:Fife Jammer Locations/FJL Services

Emergency services attended and Mr Connell was pronounced dead at the scene. Two male passengers in the car, aged 19 and 20, were taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital to be checked over.

The circumstances surrounding the collision have been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

The road was closed while officers carried out investigation work and partially re-opened around 10.30pm. The road was fully re-opened around 2.40pm on Monday, 8 July, 2024.

Chief Inspector Mark Patterson said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who has died and extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

“We are appealing for any witnesses, particularly motorists with dash-cam footage, to please get in touch.

“Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1377 of Sunday, 7 July, 2024.”

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