THREE people were taken to hospital and several others were injured yesterday after a bus and a car were involved in a horror smash on a busy Paisley road.
The frightening incident caused extensive damage to an Arriva bus which was heading towards Paisley town centre, while a Renault Megane was left a write-off.
Paramedics treated the driver of the Megane at the scene, in Neilston Road, after he complained about chest pains and he was then taken to hospital by ambulance.
A passenger in the silver estate car was also taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries.
And the bus driver, who was suffering from back injuries, also needed hospital treatment.
A man, who was in a wheelchair and had been fitted with a neck brace, was carefully removed from the bus by medics before being carried into one of five ambulances which had been sent to the scene.
A number of other passengers also received treatment on board the bus before being escorted away.
June Hyndman, who lives in Neilston Road, told how she was visiting a relative in nearby high flats when she heard a loud thud.
She said: “The bang was really loud and, when I looked out of the window, I could see a scene of carnage.
“There were bits of bus and car everywhere, so it was quite obvious that there had been a bad smash.”
The accident happened near the junction of Neilston Road and Great Hamilton Street at around 11.20am.
Emergency services were quickly on the scene and police closed Neilston Road between Stock Street and Rowan Street.
There was major disruption to traffic in the South End of town as 999 crews dealt with the aftermath of the smash.
Ken Galloway, of Hunterhill, Paisley, was among those held up in traffic due to the accident.
He said: “It looked a real bad one. Both the bus and the car were in bits, which shows that there must have been a massive coming together.
“You can only hope that no-one was badly hurt.”
A woman, who asked not to be named, said the car had been trying to turn right into Great Hamilton Street when it collided with the bus.
The impact spun the Megane round 180 degrees.
She added: “Neilston Road is one of the busiest in town and there have been a few accidents at that particular spot.
“If everyone managed to walk away from that unscathed, they’ve had a lucky escape.”
Two fire engines and two police cars were also sent to the scene, with traffic being diverted via Stock Street, Espedair Street and Rowan Street.
At one stage, traffic was backed up all the way to the junction of Causeyside Street and Canal Street.
A police spokesman confirmed that three people were taken to hospital but none of them was seriously injured.
He added: “There was a fair degree of traffic congestion but we worked in conjunction with the roads department to minimise disruption.”
An Arriva spokesman said their injured driver was released from hospital after receiving treatment.
He added: “At approximately 11.10am, one of vehicles was proceeding along Neilston Road, operating service 22, when a car pulled out of a side turning and across the main carriageway into the path of our vehicle, resulting in a collision.
“We have provided CCTV footage to Strathclyde Police, who have confirmed that our driver is not at fault for the incident.”