One person has died and a further 11 people have been injured following a serious crash involving a double decker bus on a Scottish road this afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision on the A78, north of Ardrossan, close to the Rowan Tree Restaurant at around 2.15pm.
A police statement confirmed: “There have been 12 people have been injured as a result of this incident. One person has been pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
Two people have been taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by air and by road ambulance. Nine others have been treated at the scene or transferred to Crosshouse Hospital for observations.
The A78 remains closed whilst police and emergency continue to respond to the incident. Local diversions are in place via West Kilbride and Dalry.
Two air ambulances and six fire crews were sent to the scene, with at least one person cut free from the wreckage.
Stagecoach have confirmed that one of their vehicles was involved in the incident.
A statement from the bus firm said: “We can confirm that one of our vehicles was involved in a serious incident this afternoonon the A78 near Ardrossan.
“The service involved was the Service 585 from Greenock to Ayr.
“Our first thoughts are with those affected by this incident.
“The safety of our passengers and staff is our highest priority and we are assisting the police fully with their investigation into the circumstances.”
More to follow.