POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious road crash near Johnstone.

The collision took place on the A737, between Johnstone and Linwood, at around 9.30pm on Saturday.

A blue Kawasaki motorbike travelling on the southbound carriageway crashed into a blue Dacia Sandero Stepway which was travelling on the northbound carriageway. 

The 22-year-old motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, in Glasgow, where he remains. 

A 55-year-old woman, who was the driver and sole occupant of the Dacia Sandero Stepway, was uninjured. 

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Officers closed the road for several hours on Saturday to allow for a collision investigation to be carried out at the scene and it was reopened at around 3.20am on Sunday.

Sergeant John Bradford, of Police Scotland’s road policing unit, said: "Our enquiries into the cause of the crash are continuing and I would urge anyone who saw what happened, and has not yet spoken to officers, to come forward. 

"I would also ask motorists who were using the A737 and either saw the vehicles involved, or that may have been recording via dash-cam to check their systems and provide any relevant footage to us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 4240 of April 24.