Apr 10 2012 By Record Reporter

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SEVEN casualties were airlifted to hospital yesterday after their people-carrier crashed into a loch.

Three children, two pensioners and two other adults, all from the same family, were hurt.

The crash happened after 4pm on the Tarbert to Leverburgh road on the Isle of Harris.

The people-carrier ended up in several feet of water in Loch Bearastadh Mor.

One of the occupants is thought to have been trapped in the vehicle.

Emergency crews pulled out two of the family through the windscreen.

A Coastguard helicopter took the two most badly injured casualties – thought to be the pensioners – to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, Lewis. It then returned for the other five people.

It is believed the family, who included two girls and a 10-year-old boy, were visiting Harris for the Easter holidays.

A fire and rescue service spokeswoman said: “There were two people still in the vehicle when our crews from Tarbert and Leverburgh got there.

“They were taken out through the windscreen but three children and an adult were able to get out by themselves.”

None of the family’s injuries were thought to be life-threatening.

Drivers, including ferry traffic from Uist, were diverted around the east of Harris until the road was reopened.

A Northern Constabulary spokeswoman said: “A car went off the road and ended up in shallow water.”

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