Police call for witnesses following bus crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after dozens of tourists were injured in a bus crash at the Rest and Be Thankful yesterday.

The road reopened following investigations last night.

At 2.10pm a coach carrying 52 tourists overturned on the A83 Tarbet to Campbeltown road just north of the B828 Junction.

The coach, operated by Lochs and Glens Holidays, rolled four or five times before coming to a halt by the side of Loch Restil.

Police understand 23 people are being treated in the Southern General, the Western Infirmary and the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley. A rest centre in Arrochar was in place to support the remaining 29 people on board. They are now being accommodated in local hotels.

Chief Inspector Fraser Candlish said: “This has clearly been a terrifying experience for all of those involved and officers have been working closely with our partners to provide support to those effected and ensure everyone’s safety.

“A multi-agency response has been critical to this operation and police were joined at the scene by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Ambulance Service, Argyll and Bute Council, the Royal Navy and the Mountain Rescue team.

“All 52 people on board the coach have been accounted for and we are currently working to ensure those who have not been taken to hospital are transported to a suitable location to spend the night.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident, however early indications would suggest that the high winds may have been a factor.

“We are currently working to recover the vehicle and reopen the road but I would urge anyone planning on travelling to keep up-to-date with road closures, plan your route, leave enough time for your journey, and most importantly, stay safe.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on the non-emergency number 101.

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