A school bus taking children with special needs to a school in Co Down crashed and overturned this morning.

Some of the pupils were in wheelchairs inside the bus when the accident happened, but no one was seriously injured.

The crash happened on a country road near Downpatrick when the bus and a van collided.

It is understood the bus was either leaving or on its way to Knockevin Special Needs School at Racecourse Hill when the accident happened on the Vianstown Road.

Eleven school children, aged between four and 11, were on the bus, along with three adults.

Some of the pupils who were in wheelchairs were left dangling from their seat belts inside the overturned bus.

Two passing motorists helped free them from the wreckage, and they were taken to a nearby house until ambulances arrived.

The road was closed for a time but has since re-opened.