Family of toddlers killed in crash with parents ‘heartbroken’ by ‘tragic loss’

The family of two toddlers who were killed alongside their parents in a horror crash have paid tribute to them in a harrowing statement.

Gemma Cousin, 26, and husband Rhys, 25, and their daughters, three-year-old Peyton and Heidi, one, were killed in a horrific car accident in the Scottish Highlands on Thursday.

Devastated relatives had previously been too heartbroken to comment on the family’s tragic death, but in a statement released today through Police Scotland, loved ones have spoken out.

The family said the young couple had worked “really hard to provide a loving, secure and safe home” for their two little girls they were “totally devoted to.”

In a statement, the family said: "Both families are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Gemma, Rhys, Peyton and Heidi.

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"They were a young family with so much to look forward to.

"To have their lives cut short so suddenly and in circumstances is utterly devastating.

"As a young couple, Gemma and Rhys worked really hard to provide a loving, secure and safe home and family life for their girls who they were totally devoted to."

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Relatives added: "They were known by many with both families being extended and their loss will be felt far and wide.

"Due to the horrific circumstances, we would like to thank the emergency services and everyone who was involved on the night.

"We would also like to thank everyone for the support we continue to receive.

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"As a family, we now respectfully ask that we are given the time and privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the loss of Rhys, Gemma, Peyton and Heidi."

Specially trained officers are believed to be supporting the families and while investigators are currently determining the cause of the crash.

First responders at the scene closed the road for over 12 hours after the crash and had said the scene was particularly "challenging" and "distressing."

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Gemma was reportedly driving the family's car, which collided with a red Ford Fiesta on the A82 near Torlundy on Sunday, on Thursday night.

The other driver is currently in hospital being treated by medics for non-life threatening injuries.

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