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Car crashes through wall onto Co Down beach

By Lesley Houston

Published 07/01/2016

The overturned car at Strangford Lough last night
The overturned car at Strangford Lough last night

A man was taken to hospital last night after the car he was travelling in crashed through a wall along Strangford Lough and landed on its side, trapping him inside.

The vehicle had been driving on Portaferry Road near the National Trust property of Mount Stewart when it went through the wall, landing on the beach that lines the Co Down lough.

One of two occupants in the vehicle was trapped and was only freed after rescue teams arrived at the scene.

The incident happened at around 6.40pm, when the tide was out.

Coastguard teams from Bangor and Portaferry joined ambulance and fire crews in freeing the trapped passenger.

A spokesman for the emergency services said a man had been taken to hospital and added he had been able to walk to the ambulance.

He also told how a full team had been sent to the incident.

"Upon arrival, the casualties had been assisted from the car and were handed over to the Ambulance Service for further treatment," the spokesman added.

Strangford MP Jim Shannon, who lives in nearby Greyabbey, described the road as dangerous and said it had recently been strewn with excessive amounts of seawood due to recent flooding.

The DUP representative added he had asked for the road to be cleaned.

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