Bus crashes into cottage in Dunbar

RTA, Edinburgh Road, Belhaven, Seven people have been injured following a collision between a single-decker bus and car just outside Dunbar in East Lothian.
RTA, Edinburgh Road, Belhaven, Seven people have been injured following a collision between a single-decker bus and car just outside Dunbar in East Lothian.

Fire crews worked for 40 minutes to free the driver of a bus after it crashed into a cottage following a collision with a car in Dunbar on Wednesday.

The Fire & Rescue Service received a call at 10.18am to alert them to the incident on Edinburgh Road in the Belhaven area.

Crews were immediately mobilised from East Linton, North Berwick, Haddington, Dalkeith and Newcraighall along with an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) vehicle.

On arrival crews discovered a Vauxhall Astra in the middle of the road with two casualties- a male and female, both aged 65, suffering from possible chest injuries. Both were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for further treatment.

The bus, run by Eve’s Coaches, had veered into a single storey detached cottage, trapping its driver.

Crews worked hard to free the 40 year old male driver using hydraulic cutting gear. He was also taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance for possible head and shoulder injuries.

Ambulance personnel along with local nurses from nearby Belhaven Hospital treated numerous casualties at the scene, four of whom required to be removed from the bus and were taken to the Royal Infirmary with suspected fractures and other minor injuries.

Medic One and Police Scotland were also in attendance.

Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing any anyone with information that can assist police with their investigation is asked to come forward

Road Policing Inspector Andy Amour said: “Our enquiries into exactly what happened are continuing and we are keen to speak with other motorists or members of the public who were in Edinburgh Road and witnessed the collision

“Similarly, anyone with any further information relevant to this incident is also asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.