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Four taken to hospital following crash between school bus and car

The scene of a crash outside Clough in Co Down this morning. Picture by Pacemaker 

Four people including one pupil have been taken to hospital following a crash involving a school bus and a car.

The air ambulance was called to the scene of the collision on the Downpatrick road near Clough, Co Down, at 8.40am today.

Two males who were travelling in the car, the driver and a passenger, and the bus driver were taken to hospital.

One of the 12 school pupils on board the bus was also taken to hospital, while two others were treated for their injuries at the scene.

The PSNI believes none of the injuries sustained by the pupils are life-threatening.

The road was closed throughout this morning, with motorists advised to avoid the area.

 The Air Ambulance was called to a crash outside Clough in Co Down this morning. Picture by Pacemaker

UUP councillor Alan Lewis said: "I was shocked to hear that a Translink school bus had collided with a car earlier this morning, on the Downpatrick Road just outside Clough.

"I'd like to thank local people who were first on the scene, the emergency services who were quick to respond, particularly the Northern Ireland air ambulance.

"I thank the air ambulance team for their continued commitment and dedication to urgent response care within our community, an absolutely vital resource particularly at this time of deep uncertainty.

"My thoughts are with all those injured in this morning's incident, I hope and pray they make a full recovery. The entire community send their best wishes to all involved."

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