Inverness school bus crash: Seven and nine-year-old among injured after horror collision

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On Saturday, a bus carrying 39 people crashed with a silver Skoda Octavia car driven by a 45-year-old woman with two passengers, aged nine and seven. Emergency services attended the scene and the driver of the car was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

The two passengers and a 48-year-old man, the co-driver of the bus, also suffered serious injuries and were rushed to Raigmore Hospital.

The rest of the passengers involved in the crash – including the 64-year-old driver and 36 secondary school children and their teacher – were not seriously hurt.

They did not require medical treatment, Scotland Police confirmed.

Inspector Greg Dinnie of the Road Policing Unit said: “This was a serious crash involving four adults and thirty-nine children who were on the bus and in a Skoda Octavia.

“Our enquiries into the cause of the collision are continuing and I would urge anyone who saw what happened, and has not yet spoken to officers, to come forward.

“I would also ask motorists who were using the A9 at around 4-45pm and may have been recording via dash-cam devices to check their systems and provide any relevant footage to us as soon as possible.

“The road was closed for approximately 10 hours to allow our crash investigations to be undertaken.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience whilst this was being carried out.”

The northbound and southbound carriageways were closed for investigations surrounding the crash.

It is believed four fire crews were called as one of the vehicles was on fire as a result of the crash.

They managed to extinguish the flames at around 7.20pm.

Pictures from the scene show smoke billowing from a car that was engulfed in flames.

A police spokesman said: “There are serious injuries involving the occupants of both vehicles.

“The injured parties have been taken to the relevant hospitals.”

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) confirmed one of the casualties was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

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