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Tributes paid to Maltese teacher killed in road smash

Tributes have been paid to a Maltese teacher who was killed in a horror road crash in the north of Scotland.

Frances Patanè, who had moved from Malta to Sicily to teach English, was on holiday in the Highlands when the accident happened, killing five people.

She was described by friends on social media as ‘a lovely person’.

Four others, including a four-year-old boy, also died in the head-on smash.

The crash, between a minibus and a Nissan 4×4, happened on the A96 between Huntly and Keith on Thursday night.

Five other people were injured.

Richard Lochhead MSP for Moray said: ‘This is an awful tragedy.

‘The whole community here in Moray shares my shock at the scale of the fatalities and injuries.

‘All our thoughts are with those directly affected at this very difficult time following what was clearly a very serious incident.’

Francis had been enjoying a holiday in Scotland with Sicilian friends when the tragedy happened.

Police investigating the cause of the crash have appealed for any witnesses to come forward and for dashcam footage to be submitted to them.