Three hurt as double decker bus and lorry collide

AROUND 30 passengers escaped injury when a double decker bus was involved in a three vehicle crash near Toome yesterday.

The express service was travelling from Derry to Belfast when the collision happened at around 9am.

It is understood the driver of the bus had to be cut free by the fire service.

His injuries are not believed to be serious.

According to police three people sustained minor injuries but, at the time of going to print, no one had needed hospital treatment.

Translink said most of the passengers got onto a substitute bus to continue their journey shortly after.

A bus, a lorry and a car were involved in the collision on the Hillhead Road.

There were major delays for commuters as the road between the Castledawson Roundabout and the Broagh Road was closed for several hours yesterday morning.

Three people were treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Colm Bryce from Derry was sitting at the front of the bus when the accident happened.

“There are a couple of us with slight injuries,” he said.

“I have neck pain and they just recommended that I go to hospital to get it checked out.”