Driver to face prosecution after coach crash injures 14

A BUS driver is facing prosecution after his vehicle crashed on the A9 while carrying a party of elderly holidaymakers.

Northern Constabulary said yesterday that a 62-year-old man has been reported to the procurator-fiscal for an alleged offence under the Road Traffic Act in connection with the accident on 16 April.

The coach was travelling from Dornoch to the north of England with 33 passengers. It went off the road and landed on its side down an embankment near the Drumochter Pass on the Inverness-Perth trunk road, after an accident involving a lorry.

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A rescue operation was launched involving five ambulances, four fire engines, a rapid-response trauma unit from Dundee and two local GPs. Fourteen people were injured.

The driver was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, two passengers were taken to Perth Royal Infirmary and five to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Others were assessed at Kingussie Health Centre, and all were later discharged.