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Two children die as car crashes into loch near Oban

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Image caption Search team scoured the loch for the car and its occupants

Two children aged two and three died after the car they were in crashed into a loch, Police Scotland has said.

The bodies of the children were recovered from Loch nan Druimnean, north of the village of Kilmelford in Argyll, after the crash on Wednesday.

A coastguard helicopter and police dive teams had scoured the loch after the alarm was raised at about 16:00.

A 36-year-old woman was taken to hospital in Oban as a precaution and released after treatment.

The car was recovered from the loch at about 05:00 on Thursday and removed from the scene. The stretch of road involved has also been reopened.

The crash happened on the A816 Oban to Lochgilphead road, about 17 miles from Oban.

Image caption The stretch of road at the scene of the crash has been reopened following an investigation by police
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Image caption A coastguard rescue helicopter joined the search after the alarm was raised
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Image caption Emergency services at scene of crash at Loch nan Druimnean

Conditions were said to have been very wet at the time, with surface water in many places on the road.

Relatives of the two children have been made aware of the crash, police said. Work to recover the vehicle from the water continued late into the night.

Insp Darren Faulds of Police Scotland said: "Two young children have lost their lives and our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of those involved in this tragic incident."

He said inquiries were continuing to establish the circumstances of the crash, and any witnesses to the crash have been urged to contact the police.

'Bad weather'

Argyll and Bute MSP Mike Russell said communities in the local area, and across Scotland, will have been "numbed" by the news of the incident.

He told BBC Radio Scotland: "You cannot imagine anything worse to happen to a family."

Mr Russell added: "The road is not a good road and the reaction of people I have spoken has been that it is a difficult road to drive at the best of times.

"There was very bad weather yesterday. There was a lot of rain and low cloud.

"I think it is understandable in terms of the location and weather it would have been a dangerous situation."

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