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Minibus carrying school children crashed and flipped onto roof in Co Tyrone collision

The minibus and car ended up in the garden of a house. Picture by BBC

A MINIBUS carrying school children crashed and flipped onto its roof in Co Tyrone yesterday.

It is understood that four pupils escaped serious injury in the collision on the Knockmany Road in Augher.

The bus was involved in a collision with a car before both vehicles crashed into the garden of a house.

The Air Ambulance was tasked to the scene of the crash, which happened shortly before 3.30pm.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said two patients were taken to Craigavon Area Hospital for treatment. It is understood that the school children suffered cuts and bruises, but are not seriously hurt.

Stephen Clarke, who was among the first people on the scene following the collision, said he had heard "a really scary bang".

"I came running down the road and I saw the bus and heard the children screaming and crying," he told the BBC.

"The first thing I did was I got the back door of the bus open.

"There were four children in the bus and a man and a woman. They were great and they helped get all the children out."

He also said the female driver of the car was initially unresponsive, but soon came round.

David Boyd, who lives in the house, said his wife had been at home at the time of the crash.

"My wife was sitting in there on the settee with the laptop on her knee when she heard the bang," he said.

He added: "It is only just starting to hit me now that it is so close to the house".

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