SEVEN people have been rushed to hospital after a bus smashed into a bridge and flipped onto its side in the Scottish Highlands.
Emergency services raced to the scene of the horror crash north of Inverness at around 5.45pm this evening.
Fire crews helped the casualties — including one person who was trapped inside the vehicle — after the smash on the B9161 at Littlemill Bridge.
The bus has flipped onto its side and is blocking the road in both directions.
The injured have now been raced to Raigmore Hospital by paramedics.
Bus operators Stagecoach confirmed one of their services had been involved in a “serious road accident”.
A spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are for those affected and their families.
“Safety is our absolute priority and we are supporting the police and emergency services in any way we can.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland officers are currently dealing with a serious road traffic accident on the B9161 at Littlemill Bridge, Munlochy.
“A single-decker bus collided with the bridge resulting in the bus landing on its side.
“Scottish Fire and Rescue along with Scottish Ambulance Service also attended.
“The road is currently closed in both directions and diversions are in place.
“A number of injured people have been conveyed to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness but no further details are being released at this time.
“Any concerned relatives seeking more information or members of the public who witnessed the accident are asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting incident number 2792 of the 11th January 2019.”