Number in hospital following Munlochy bus crash

Police say there are a number of casualties after the Stagecoach bus crashed into a bridge on the Black Isle.

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The Stagecoach bus crashed and landed on its side after hitting a bridge in the Highlands

Emergency services say they are dealing with a number of casualties following a bus crash in the Highlands.

A Stagecoach bus collided with a bridge on the B9161, near the village of Munlochy on the Black Isle, at about 17:45.

The bus ended up on its side. Fire crews said they had removed six people from the bus, including one casualty who was trapped.

Police said a number of people had been taken to Raigmore Hospital.

The road has been closed and emergency teams remain at the scene.

A fire service spokeswoman said three fire engines and the brigade's heavy rescue unit were in attendance.

'Single decker'

She added: "Firefighters safely removed one casualty who was trapped from the bus. The casualty was passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service for treatment.

"Five other casualties were also assisted from the bus.

"We remain in attendance."

The condition of those involved in the crash is unknown.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland officers are currently dealing with a serious road traffic accident on the B9161 at Littlemill Bridge, Munlochy.

"A single decker bus collided with the bridge resulting in the bus landing on its side."

She added: "The road is currently closed in both directions and diversions are in place.

"A number of injured people have been conveyed to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness but no further details are being released at this time."

Stagecoach has confirmed that the bus involved in the crash was one of its services.

A Stagecoach North Scotland spokesman said: "We can confirm there has been a serious road accident on the Black Isle in the Munlochy area involving one of our services operating between Inverness and Cromarty.

"Emergency services are at the scene of the accident. Our first thoughts are for those affected and their families.

"Safety is our absolute priority and we are supporting the police and the emergency services in any way that we can, including helping establish the circumstances involved."

Kate Forbes, the SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, tweeted: "Very concerned and sorry to see this news. Thoughts with everybody involved, particularly those who are hurt."




Date: 11 January 2019 | Source: BBC

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