Fatal crash in Argyll and Bute

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Emergency services respond to collision in Connel.

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Two people have been killed in a road traffic collision on the A85 in Argyll and Bute.

The incident, which took place in Connel around 6:40pm on Thursday (August 1) and involved two cars, claimed the lives of a man and woman and left seven people injured.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) 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."

An elderly woman who was travelling in one of the cars was confirmed to have died at the scene. The driver and two other passengers – all women – suffered only minor injuries and were taken to Oban Hospital.

A man travelling in the other vehicle was also killed in the head-on collision and a woman, who had been driving, suffered serious injury.

She was flown by air ambulance to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital, where her condition is described as “critical but stable”.

Three children who were travelling in the same car were taken to Oban Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

A Police Scotland spokesperson added: "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.

"Alternatively, you can contact us by calling 101, the non-emergency number for Police Scotland.”