One killed and 11 injured after bus crash in North Ayrshire

One person has died and 11 others have been injured after a crash between a bus and a 4x4 vehicle in North Ayrshire.

Two people have been taken to hospital in Glasgow while nine others were hurt following the collision on the A78 near Ardrossan at about 2.15pm.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police and emergency services responded to reports of a serious road traffic collision between a service bus and a 4x4 vehicle on the A78, north of Ardrossan, close to the Rowan Tree restaurant.

"One person has been pronounced dead at the scene and two people have been taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by air and by road ambulance.

"Nine others have been treated at the scene or transferred to Crosshouse Hospital for observations."

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: ''Our crews are at the scene of a serious road collision on the A78.

''We received a call from the ambulance service at 2.15pm today and firefighters reached the incident three minutes later.

''There were six appliances at the scene and firefighters worked alongside police and paramedics to assist those involved.''

The road was closed while police and emergency services responded to the incident, with local diversions put in place.

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