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Driver dies after bus crashes into bridge and flips on side

The 50-year-old sustained fatal injuries and multiple casualties were reported following the smash.

A driver has died after a bus crashed into a bridge and landed on its side in the Highlands.

The 50-year-old man sustained fatal injuries following the crash on the B9161 at Littlemill Bridge, Munlochy, at around 5.40pm on Friday.

There were nine passengers on the 37-seater service bus which was travelling from Inverness to Cromarty.

Three of them remain in a serious but stable condition while others sustained minor injuries.

Wreckage: Emergency crews at scene.
Wreckage: Emergency crews at scene. Peter Jolly

Sergeant Alan Henderson of the Road Policing Unit, Highlands and Islands Division, said: "Our thoughts at this time are with those involved and their families.

"An investigation into the collision is underway and we have already spoken to a number of witnesses.

"In order to help establish the cause of the collision, I would urge anyone who saw the vehicle prior to the collision who has not already come forward, to do so.

"Likewise, if any motorists believe they may have dashcam footage which could assist our enquiries, I appeal for them to come forward."

A Stagecoach North Scotland spokesman said: "The thoughts of everyone at Stagecoach are with the family and friends of our driver, as well as the passengers who were injured in the accident.

"Our driver was a popular member of staff at our Inverness depot and had been with the company for around 12 years.

"We are providing support to his family and work colleagues and we are continuing to help the police with their investigation into the cause of the accident.

"We would also like to thank another driver from the Inverness depot who spotted the accident as he was driving another service to Inverness and gave assistance at the scene."

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