Cops have opened an investigation after a car caught fire in a crash between two vehicles and a bus.
The incident happened south of Inverness at around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.
Four fire teams rushed to the scene to fight the blaze and the road remained closed for several hours while investigations were carried out
It has now been revealed that the crash involved a bus carrying 39 people, including 36 schoolchildren, and a silver Skoda Octavia car driven by a 45-year-old woman with two child passengers, aged nine and seven.
The driver of the car was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries, while the two child passengers were rushed to Raigmore hospital, police confirmed.
A 48-year-old man, the co-driver of the bus, was also seriously injured and taken to Raigmore hospital.
The rest of those involved in the horror crash, the 64-year-old bus driver and thirty-six high school students and their teacher, managed to escape and were not seriously injured.
Inspector Greg Dinnie of the Traffic Enforcement Unit said:
“It was a serious accident involving four adults and thirty-nine children who were in the bus and in a Skoda Octavia.
“Our investigations into the cause of the collision are continuing and I urge all who saw what happened and have not yet spoken to the officers to come forward.
“I would also ask motorists who were using the A9 around 4:45 pm and maybe recording through dashboard devices to check their systems and provide us with any relevant footage as soon as possible.
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“The road was closed for about 10 hours to allow our accident investigations to be conducted. I want to thank the audience for their patience as this unfolded. “
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting incident number 2981 of June 19, 2021.