A WICKLOW teenager is recovering in hospital after a two-hour ordeal in which he was hit by a bus and trapped underneath.
The unnamed teen was walking back from school in Arklow town yesterday afternoon, 30 January, when he was struck by a bus at approximately 4.30pm.
The collision is believed to have happened at the Vale road junction of the roundabout at the top of main street in Arklow, County Wicklow.
The Irish Examiner reports that the 14-year-old was trapped underneath the bus for almost two hours as emergency services, including Gardaí and the fire brigade, used heavy lifting equipment to raise the bus enough for paramedics to reach him.
The child, who is a second-year student at a local secondary school, was eventually taken to a nearby air ambulance which had been on standby at nearby Pearce's Park and was flown to Temple Street Children's Hospital.
The outlet reports that he was conscious and able to speak to paramedics at the scene. His injuries are described as 'non life-threatening'.
A garda spokesperson confirmed that investigations are ongoing, and said of the incident:
"A bus collided with a 14-year-old male youth and he has been airlifted to Temple Street Children's University Hospital with non life-threatening injuries."