M9 crash victims to be laid to rest in Falkirk

The funeral of Lamara Bell will take place tomorrow at Falkirk Crematorium
The funeral of Lamara Bell will take place tomorrow at Falkirk Crematorium

The funerals of a couple killed in an motorway accident which police failed to respond to will take place today and tomorrow.

Lamara Bell and John Yuill, of Camelon, lay inside their crashed car near the M9 for three days after police failed to answer reports from members of the public.

The funeral of John Yuill will take place this morning

The funeral of John Yuill will take place this morning

John (28) is believed to have died on impact when the Renault Clio left the road near Stirling services on July 5, while Lamara (25) was critically injured.

The mother of two died in hospital in Glasgow seven days later.

John’s funeral will take place this morning at St Francis Xaviers Church in Falkirk town centre.

His father, Gordon Yuill, said in a statement: “Today, we lay our beloved son, John Yuill, to rest after his tragic accident on the July 5, which also claimed the life of his girlfriend, Lamara Bell.

We would like to say thanks for all the support we have received from friends and family

Gordon Yuill, father of John

“We would like to say thanks for all the support we have received from friends, family and the community.”

A statement on behalf of the Bell family, addressed to John and his family, said: “With our deepest sympathy. For those we’ve loved and lost. We can never be more than a thought apart.

“For as long as they live in our memory they live on in our hearts.

“May friends comfort you, faith uphold you and loving memories heal your heart.”

The funeral for Lamara will be held tomorrow in Falkirk Crematorium.

Police Scotland originally issued a missing persons alert on July 7 after Lamara and John, from Mariner Drive, failed to return home from a camping holiday to Loch Earn in Perthshire on July 5.

Despite receiving a call on its non-emergency 101 number that morning from a passing motorist who reported a car off the road, it was not until Wednesday, July 8 - and in response to a call from local farmer Robert Finlay that there was a car in his field - that officers were sent to investigate.

A full investigation of the circumstances of the crash and how police failed to respond is being undertaken by HM Inspector of Constabulary on the orders of justice secretary Michael Matheson.

Police Scotland angered the family of Lamara Bell this week when it was revealed officers had mistakenly left a voicemail message on her mobile phone ten days after she had passed away.