Man dies and others injured after coach crash in Ayrshire

A man has died following a coach crash in Ayrshire which left 18 people in hospital, Police Scotland said.

The crash happened on the A76 at the Crossroads roundabout near to Bowhouse Prison on Saturday at around 1.15pm.

One passenger said the coach "swerved" at the roundabout and the bus landed on its side on a grass verge.

Coach crash
(John Linton/PA)

According to reports, the coach was travelling to Ibrox Stadium, where Rangers were due to play Partick Thistle.

A total of 36 people, plus the driver, were on board at the time. Earlier, police said three people were being treated in hospital were in a serious condition.

Ryan Rowe, from Darvel, East Ayrshire, was driving to work when he passed the crash scene.

He said many of the passengers appeared to be in their teens or early 20s.

A screen has been erected around part of the damaged coach.

Coach crash
(John Linton/PA)

John Linton, a photographer who was at the scene, said it appeared the coach had either skidded into the verge or caught the camber of the roundabout and been left on its side.

He said: "They have screened it off, so that would suggest there was something pretty bad down there. There's a screen at the rear end of the coach.

"There were smashed windows and an emergency door at the back was broken."

Emergency services remain at the scene and the road has been closed in both directions while crash scene investigators carry out inquiries.

Inspector Darren Faulds said: "Inquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the crash and anyone with any information is asked to call road policing officers at Irvine Police Office on 101."

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