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Investigation launched into Belfast double-decker bus accident

More than 30 people, including a pregnant woman and two children, were injured when a double-decker bus overturned in Belfast city centre yesterday.

The bus outside Central Station in Belfast, Sunday August 14, 2011.
The bus outside Central Station in Belfast, Sunday August 14, 2011.
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched into how a double-decker bus overturned in central Belfast yesterday, causing 31 people to be injured.

Six ambulances attended the scene on the Albertbridge Road, outside the city’s Central Station, after the accident occurred shortly after 2pm. Nobody suffered life-threatening injuries, however the bus driver had to be cut free of the vehicle by emergency workers.

A pregnant woman and two children are believed to have been hurt in the incident, according to the Irish Independent.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the bus, which was carrying passengers from the east of the city into the centre, hit a curb and then ran into a wall outside the station.

An eyewitness told the Irish News: “I was just about to cross the road and very slow-motion-style the bus hit the kerb, into the wall, and then very slowly fell over… there was a very loud bang.”

She continued: “A couple of people were smashing open the windows that were left unsmashed and getting the people out”.

Read: Bus overturns in Belfast, injuring 30 people>

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