A FEMALE pensioner and a man have been killed and seven people, including three children, injured in a horrific head-on crash near Oban.
They died in a collision involving two cars at 6.30pm last night on the A85, near Connel, north of Oban.
The 74 year-old woman and the 32 year-old man who died have still to be named by Police Scotland.
The female pensioner was a passenger in a blue Honda CVR that collided head on with a blue Vauxhall Vectra on the busy tourist route.The 32 year-old man who was a passenger in the Vectra .
A 32 year-old woman who was driving the Vauxhall Vectra was airlifted to Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, where her condition is described as “critical but stable.”
Three children, aged two, five and 14, who were passengers in the Vectra were treated for minor injuries at Oban Hospital.The 51 year-old female driver of the Honda CRV and two other female passengers, aged 49 and 46, were also treated for minor injuries at Oban Hospital.
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews from Oban arrived to find people trapped inside the vehicles and the firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment in a bid to rescue all those involved.
“Ambulance personnel and police officers worked closely with our team throughout the incident but sadly one passenger from each car lost their life. The thoughts of all emergency responders who were at the scene will be with the casualties and their loved ones as they attempt to come to terms with what has happened.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the accident or who saw the blue Vauxhall Vectra or the blue Honda CRV just before it to come forward.
“Enquiries are ongoing into the cause of the crash and any witnesses, or anyone with information that may assist police, is asked to contact PC Stephen Cole of the Divisional Road Policing Unit based at Dunoon on 01369 763 001.