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26/03/2015 12:37 GMT | Updated 27/03/2015 09:59 GMT

Coach Overturns Near Argyll, 30 Injured

Five people have been seriously injured after a coach carrying 32 tourists overturned on a popular route. The accident happened on the A83 near the Rest And Be Thankful in Argyll at around 2pm today. Police, fire and helicopter rescue crews have been sent to the scene. There were said to be 25 walking wounded.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said emergency services are working to confirm the number of people injured and the extent of any injuries. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police said, but the most seriously hurt are being taken to the Southern General in Glasgow and the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley for treatment.

The road has been closed while emergency services deal with the incident. A police spokesman said: "Around 2.10pm this afternoon, Thursday March 26, a coach with tourists, overturned on the A83 Rest And Be Thankful. It is understood that 32 people were on board, of which five are believed to be seriously injured, but not thought to be life-threatening. They are being taken by ambulance or medevac to either the Southern or the RAH for treatment.

"Twenty-five people are described as 'walking wounded'. Emergency services are at the scene. The A83 is closed, with local diversions in place."

Images on social media showed the coach standing upright on an embankment off the A83, next to a stretch of water.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews from across Argyll are at the scene. Firefighters are working closely with police and ambulance to help people who were on board a coach that overturned."