POLICE have named the man who died in a single car crash in the Shetland Isles yesterday. 

The Highlands and Islands police confirmed the 58-year-old man was Rainer Peschel from the Sellafirth area of Yell, Shetland.

The incident happened around 2pm yesterday afternoon, when Peschel's grey Ford Fusion car was "involved in a single vehicle collision and subsequently caught fire".

Peschel died as a result of the crash, which happened on the B8092 near Gutcher, Yell.

Emergency services including two fire appliances, ambulance and the police were called to the scene of the accident.

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The Sumburgh-based coastguard helicopter also attended but later returned to base. Shetland Islands Council put on an extra ferry run to Yell at the request of the fire service, Shetland News reported.

Sergeant David Miller, of Highland and Islands Road Policing, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Peschel at this difficult time.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing. We believe there were a number of witnesses on scene and we are asking anyone who has not spoken to us or anyone who witnesses the crash to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 1985 of July 31, 2020.