Student and 3 others in hospital after school bus collides with car

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A school pupil, two men, and a bus driver have been taken to hospital after a car and a bus were involved in an early morning collision.

The bus, believed to be a school bus, had 12 children onboard, two of whom were treated by paramedics at the scene, BBC reports.

Police were called to Downpatrick Road in Clough, Belfast, at 8.35am on Friday, October 16, following reports of a crash.

It is understood a car and a school bus collided, closing traffic in both directions, BelfastLive reports.

At least three ambulances, and an air ambulance were called to the scene, as well as several police officers.

The incident is still ongoing, and police have urged drivers to seek alternative routes as traffic remains closed on Downpatrick Road.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "The Downpatrick road in Clough is closed in both directions following a road traffic collision involving a bus and a car.

"Local diversions are being put in place, however drivers are advised to seek alternative routes if possible."

A Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they were called to the scene at 8.43am and three of their ambulances are in attendance.

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They added: "Fire Appliances are currently in attendance – one from Downpatrick Fire Station, one from Newcastle Fire Station and one from Ballynahinch Fire Station.

"The incident is ongoing."

South Down MP Chris Hazzard urged people to avoid the area if possible.

In a tweet, Mr Hazzard said: "Please avoid area if possible."

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