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Couple from Skye injured in crash
National Express coach is taken away on the back of a lorry
The coach was towed away from the crash scene by a lorry
An elderly couple from Skye are recovering in hospital after being injured in the coach crash near Heathrow Airport.

Gordon Welsh, 73, fractured his shoulder, while his wife Audrey, 70, suffered a dislocated hip and broken ribs in the accident.

The couple, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last week, had been staying in Hounslow with family.

They were returning to Glasgow when the coach crashed on the M4 at 2345 GMT.

Both were taken by ambulance to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey, where they are being treated for their injuries.

Mr Welsh is likely to return home with family today, but doctors are still concerned about his wife, who is expected to stay in hospital for several days.

'Disbelief and shock'

Debbie Welsh, the couple's daughter, said she was distraught to receive news of the crash.

"I just felt disbelief and shock," she said.

"But I suppose when you get a call at that time in the morning you always expect bad news."

One man and one woman died in the crash and 38 people were taken to hospital, including several children. Ten people were still said to be seriously ill, while some have lost limbs.

Most of the passengers, many of whom were holiday makers, were on their way to Glasgow.

The driver of the coach has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.


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