A NUMBER of people have been injured after a bus crashed and overturned in the Highlands.

Emergency services said they were faced with with around six casualties after the single-decker Stagecoach bus collided with a bridge near the village of Munlochy on the Black Isle.

The bus ended up on its side and fire crews had to work to free a passenger who had become trapped inside. 

The injured were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment. Police said no further details were being released at this time.

A total of four fire crews, police and ambulance personnel were all called to attend the scene of the accident, which occurred at 5:45pm.

The road was closed in both directions while diversions were put in place.

A police spokesman said: "Police Scotland officers are currently dealing with a road traffic accident on the B9161 at Littlemill Bridge south-east of Munlochy.

"A bus has collided with a bridge and is currently on its side. There are a number of casualties and the road is blocked in both directions.

"The public are advised to avoid the area and take an alternative route."

A fire service spokeswoman said three fire engines and the brigade's heavy rescue unit were in attendance.

She added: "Firefighters safely removed one casualty who was trapped from the bus. The person was passed to colleagues from the Scottish Ambulance Service for treatment.

"Five other casualties were assisted from the bus. We remain in attendance."

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The accident happened near the village of Munlochy. Pic: Google

Any concerned relatives seeking more information or members of the public who witnessed the accident are asked to contact Police Scotland.

A Stagecoach North Scotland spokesman said: “We can confirm there has been a serious road accident on the Black Isle in the Munlochy area involving one of our services operating between Inverness and Cromarty.

“Emergency services are at the scene of the accident. Our first thoughts are for those affected and their families.

“Safety is our absolute priority and we are supporting the police and the emergency services in any way that we can, including helping establish the circumstances involved.”

Kate Forbes, the SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, tweeted: "Very concerned and sorry to see this news. Thoughts with everybody involved, particularly those who are hurt."

Meanwhile, two drivers sustained minor injuries when a school bus hit a house after being involved in a crash with a car.

Emergency services were called to the collision at Carnbroe Road in Coatbridge,

North Lanarkshire, at around 3.15pm yesterday afternoon. No pupils were on the bus at the time.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A bus and a car appear to have collided before the bus collided with a house.

"The drivers of both vehicles were treated at the scene for minor injuries and no pupils were on board at the time."