Over two thirds claim after Belfast bus crash

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Twenty six of the 35 passengers who were travelling on a Translink double-decker bus which overturned in Belfast have submitted claims for personal injury.

The accident happened outside Central Station in August. The bus was travelling towards the city centre when it mounted the kerb and overturned. 31 people were injured in the incident. 

Translink said an investigation by authorities found no faults with the vehicle and it awaits the completion of a police investigation.

The number of claims was revealed in answer to an assembly question from SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly. More claims may yet arise as the cut off date for submissions is three years.

Kelly, the Upper Bann representative, called for a fast resolution to the claims. She said: “Anybody who has been injured in the course of an accident is entitled to compensation.

“It was quite a shocking incident and I’ve no doubt many of the passengers suffered from shock and physical injury.”