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Five people have been taken to hospital following a serious road crash between a bus and a car on Torphichen Road near Ballencrief Toll Roundabout in Bathgate which took place at 12.55pm this afternoon.

Emergency services attended the scene, including specialist paramedic teams and an air ambulance and the injured parties were taken to hospitals in Edinburgh and Larbert.

A police spokesperson said: “Police in West Lothian responded to the Ballencrief Toll Roundabout in Bathgate at around 12.55pm on January 8 following a collision involving a bus and car.

“The road is currently closed as emergency services work to establish the extent of any injuries and determine the full circumstances surrounding this collision.” A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 1248 hours today to attend an incident in Bathgate.

“We dispatched three ambulances, two Paramedic Response Units, our special operations team, two specialist paramedics, a Patient Transport Vehicle, an air ambulance, our Emergency Medical Retrieval Service team and the Medic 1 medical team to the scene.

“We transported three patients to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and two patients to Forth Valley Royal Hospital.”

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