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Man stable after being trapped under bus in Belfast city centre

The scene at Custom House Square in Belfast after a man became trapped under a bus. Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Gareth McKeown

A man in his mid-20s remained in a stable condition in hospital last night after being trapped under a bus in Belfast city centre.

Police said they believe the man was running in the Custom House Square area before the collision involving an Ulsterbus at around 11.25am on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses said the man appeared to slip and fall under the bus and described it as a "freak accident".

Emergency services were quickly on the scene, with members of the Fire and Rescue Service using heavy-lifting equipment to raise the bus from the stricken pedestrian.

He was then transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he was still being treated last night. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Translink said it has launched an investigation.

Making an appeal for information, police said: “We believe the pedestrian involved was running in the area just prior to the incident and was carrying a black travel mug.

“He is described as being around 5' 10” tall, of medium build and in his mid-20s. At the time of the incident he was wearing dark-coloured bottoms and a white jacket.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and saw the pedestrian prior to the collision or anyone who has any information that could help with our investigation, to get in touch."

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