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11 remain in hospital after Newtownards bus and tractor crash

The crash happened on Belfast Road, Newtownards. Picture by Robert Charles McCready
Brendan Hughes

ELEVEN people remained in hospital yesterday following a crash in Co Down involving a bus and a tractor.

One person was in a serious condition at Ulster Hospital, one was described as "stable" and the others "comfortable".

The crash happened on Belfast Road, Newtownards, on Monday afternoon when a tanker being towed by a tractor collided with an Ulsterbus.

There were 15 people on the bus at the time. Those not taken to hospital were treated at the scene.

One bus passenger described online how the tanker appeared to uncouple from the tractor and roll down a hill towards the bus.

"It hit the side of us and the top popped off and all this liquid poured out. We did not know if it was water or petrol," he said.

"We couldn't get out the front so we exited at the back."

He said the bus driver had to be cut from the vehicle by emergency crews.

The collision, which happened at about 4.10pm, was close to the junction of Ballybarnes Road.

Police appealed for witnesses to contact them.

The Ulster Hospital on Monday cautioned that its emergency department was busy as a consequence of the crash.

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