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Mar 27, 2015

05:12:04 GMT--Vehicle Accident - Europe - United Kingdom



EDIS Number: VI-20150327-47510-GBR

Date / time: 27/03/2015 05:08:36 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: Europe

Country: United Kingdom

State/County: Scotland

Location: [Loch Fyne region]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 30 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate



Description:



Thirty people have been injured, five of them seriously, after a coach overturned on the west coast of Scotland. Images on social media show the bus standing upright on an embankment, next to a loch. The coach was transporting pensioners from Kent on a day trip to Inveraray, a town on the western shore of Loch Fyne. The crash happened at about 2.10pm on the A83 in Argyll - known as the Rest and be Thankful. At least 25 of those injured were described as "walking wounded" while five were said to be in a serious condition. The Ministry of Defence said a Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet has air-lifted passengers to hospital. The most seriously hurt were taken to the Southern General in Glasgow and the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley. Local gallery owner Stuart Herd, who witnessed the crash, said: "It was more serious than I first thought, it was pretty nasty. "It seemed to slide down the embankment." The A83 was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident. Some 51 people were on board the coach, which is operated by Lochs and Glens Holidays. A spokeswoman for the company said: "We are liaising with the emergency services regarding the injured passengers and to establish the cause of the accident. "In the meantime, buses have been provided to transport the remaining passengers back to their hotel."





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