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Two dead and four injured after bus and car crash near Bathgate

Two people have died and four others were injured when a bus and a car crashed in West Lothian.

The incident, on the B792 between Bathgate and the village of Torphichen, happened at about 12:55.

A Vauxhall Corsa and a small single-decker bus‎ collided, resulting in the elderly occupants of the Corsa sustaining serious injuries.

The male driver, 78, and his 79-year-old female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

Three ambulances along with paramedics and the air ambulance were sent to the scene, where the bus had ended up down a small embankment.

The 56-year-old bus driver was taken to hospital along with two male passengers, aged 54 and 55, and a 78-year-old female passenger.

Police said their injuries were not serious or life-threatening.

A further female passenger, aged 74, was uninjured.

The road was closed for investigation work, and police appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Sgt Gary Taylor, from the Road Policing Unit in Livingston, said: "Tragically this incident has resulted in the occupants of the car sustaining a number of injuries from which they could not recover and our sympathies are with their family at this time.

"Our investigation to establish exactly what happened is ongoing and anyone who witnessed the collision should contact police immediately.

"In addition, any motorists who were on the road at the time and may have relevant dash-cam footage should also get in touch."

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