Coach bursts into flames closing down expressway

The East Kilbride Expressway was shut in both directions at around 12.33pm on Thursday.

An expressway in South Lanarkshire was closed in both directions after a coach burst into flames.

Emergency services, including three appliances from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, were called to the A725, East Kilbride Expressway, at around 12.33pm on Thursday.

Traffic Scotland reported that the road was closed in both directions and that heavy smoke was affecting vision in the area.

As of 4pm, the northbound carriage remains closed but the southbound has reopened.

There are no reported casualties.

The vehicle burst into flames on Thursday afternoon. Kevin McTear via Supplied

Kevin McTear, who drove by the vehicle, said: “The bus is completely burnt out. It’s honestly some state.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 12.33pm on Thursday, April 11, to reports of a single-decker bus on fire on the A725 East Kilbride Expressway.

“Operations Control mobilised three appliances to the scene.

“There are no reported casualties, and the crews remain in attendance.”

Traffic Scotland wrote on X: “The A725 at High Blantyre is CLOSED in both directions due to a vehicle fire.

“Emergency services are at the scene. Heavy smoke affecting vision in the area so do take care.”

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