Northern Ireland

Newtownards: 'Brave man' pulls unconscious driver from burning car

Scene of crash on Portaferry Road, Newtownards Image copyright PSNI
Image caption The scene of the crash near Newtownards

The PSNI have praised a man who pulled an unconscious driver from a burning car near Newtownards, County Down.

It followed a collision between a car and a van on the Portaferry Road at about 07:55 BST on Saturday morning.

One person is in a stable condition in the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald and another patient was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Belfast.

"I shook the hand of a very brave man today," a police officer wrote on the PSNI Ards' Facebook page.

'Risking his own safety'

"I know we often say that people could have saved lives but the gentleman concerned today really stepped up to the mark.

"Seconds after this collision the car burst into flames with the unconscious driver still inside.

"Risking his own safety the gentleman managed to pull him free of the car and to safety," the officer added.

A passing casualty doctor on his day off assisted two ambulance crews and a doctor who had been dispatched to the scene.

The Belfast Trust is refusing to comment on the condition of the patient being treated at RVH.