Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road crash in the early hours of this morning (Saturday, 23 November, 2019) in Barvas.

Around 1.30am, a blue Vauxhall Zafira crashed into a house on the corner on the A857 road towards Ness after the junction with the A858 to Shawbost.

The car was set ablaze which subsequently set the house on fire.

Several emergency services attended and all occupants of the car (three men aged 22, 32 and 36) and the house (one woman aged 61) were safely removed.

However, in the dark and confusion of the incident it was believed another person was involved and thought to be missing.

The Coastguard search underway…photograph from Coastguard team

So Ness, Bragar and Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team along with a Duty Officer were called to provide search assistance to Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The search focused on the area round the crash site, routes out of it and other areas of significance until it was confirmed that all occupants were accounted for and in care of Scottish Ambulance Service.

The car's driver and two passengers were taken to Western Isles Hospital for treatment to serious injuries.

The road - which was totally closed for several hours - was down to single lane traffic thriugh Saturday while police carried out their investigations.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with road traffic offences.

Sergeant Donald Sinclair, of Stornoway’s Church Street station, said: “Our enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing and I am appealing for anyone who saw the crash or who saw a blue Vauxhall Zafira being driven on the A857 before 1.30am to come forward.

“I’m particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have dash-cam footage which could help with our enquiries.”

Those with information can contact police on 101, quoting reference number 0366 of 23 November 2019.

Since first being published,this report has been updated with additional photographs and search details