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Watch as Ulsterbus is lifted from the beach at Strangford Lough shore after crash

The bus which crashed onto the beach near Portaferry has been lifted back onto land.

Recovery experts spend most of Wednesday morning working to lift the vehicle after it crashed through a wall on the Portaferry Road, landing on the beach at around 6.30am.

There were no passengers onboard and the driver sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The bus was left completely beached and recovery workers moved frantically to secure tethers around the vehicle to allow a large crane to hoist it back onto the road.

The Portaferry Road remains closed to allow the crane to work.

A Translink spokeswoman said: "We can confirm an Ulsterbus was involved in an incident on the Portaferry Road today around 6.30am.

“No other vehicles were involved and no passengers were on board. The driver has been taken to hospital to be assessed.

“PSNI attended the scene. The recovery operation is currently underway.

“An investigation is ongoing."

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