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Ulsterbus Incidents

In December 2015, a single-decker bus crashed into Strangford Lough after colliding with a wall on the Portaferry Road near Newtownards. No passengers were on board at the time and the driver of the bus sustained only minor injuries. The bus was recovered and put back onto land a few hours later.

Two Ulsterbus Goldline coaches have suffered engine fires while in service, a coach bound for Belfast caught fire outside of Lurgan, County Armagh in November 2016, while another caught fire on the M2 in County Antrim in July 2021, which the company states was caused by "accidental ignition".

An Urby bus was hijacked and set alight by "masked men" on the morning of 1 November 2021 in Newtownards. The bus had recently entered service in the Bowtown estate when hijackers held the driver at gunpoint and "muttered something about the (Northern Ireland) protocol" before setting the bus alight.

No passengers were on board at the time, but the bus was totally destroyed and the driver left "badly shaken". The attack was widely condemned by members of the Northern Ireland Assembly and all buses to the town were briefly suspended.

Ulsterbus Overview

Ulsterbus Parent: Translink
Ulsterbus Founded: 1967
Ulsterbus Headquarters: Milewater Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ulsterbus Locale: Northern Ireland
Ulsterbus Service Area: Northern Ireland
Ulsterbus Service Type: Bus service, Coach
Ulsterbus Alliance: Bus Éireann
Ulsterbus Stations: 22
Ulsterbus Fleet: ~1,100
Ulsterbus Operator: Translink


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