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Man critical after being hit by bus in Belfast

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
The front window of the Translink Metro bus was damaged in the incident
The front window of the Translink Metro bus was damaged in the incident

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was hit by a bus in Belfast.

The incident happened on the Ormeau Road at around 8pm on Monday night.

A Metro bus is reported to have struck the man, a pedestrian, before he was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital. 

Meanwhile, 40 passengers had to be evacuated from an Ulsterbus which caught fire on the M2.

The Goldliner Express was gutted in the blaze near Moneynick.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the blaze, but the female driver of the bus sustained hand injuries as she tried to reach a fire extinguisher.

A Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said: "We got a call at about 5.30pm, and when our crews arrived at the scene the bus was well alight.

"The fire looked like it had started in the engine compartment at the rear the vehicle, and had spread rapidly along both the upper and lower decks of the bus."

A spokesperson for Translink confirmed that the bus was operating on the 4.50pm Belfast - Derry service.

They said: "The driver became aware of the fire and got everyone off safely and they have been transferred to another bus to take them on their journey.

"The fire brigade were called immediately. We will be carrying out an investigation and all we can do is apologise at this stage."