Two people have been hospitalised after the double-decker bus they were riding on toppled over on a rural road.

Dramatic pictures from the scene show the Go North East bus lying in the foliage on its side with the front and back upper deck broken out.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene near Stanley, County Durham shortly after 12.30pm after the vehicle tipped over.

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Fire crews assisted to make the vehicle safe, and paramedics treated 11 patients at the scene, two of which were taken to University Hospital North Durham for further treatment. No one is believed to be seriously injured.

The Northern Echo: The scene of the incident near StanleyThe scene of the incident near Stanley (Image: GAVIN HAVERY)

Gary Edmundson, Go North East Operations Director said: “We've had a vehicle that left the road and due to the camber of the bank it's tipped over on its side.

“Thankfully no passengers have been injured and we have no injuries recorded for the driver.

“The next step now is working with the local police to try and understand what happened and the cause of the accident and retrieve the vehicle.”

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The company's Business Director Ben Maxfield added: "We are supporting all those involved in the incident and will continue to provide updates”.

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Elizabeth Burnett, a local dog walker, told the Echo: “I normally get the bus back up the bank but I have to walk today.

“I have no idea how it happened. I don't think there has been anyone injured.”

Lowery Lane in Stanley was closed between the Punch Bowl and Black House crossroads by Durham County Council wardens and motorists asked to avoid the area.

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A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We received a call at 12.34pm this afternoon (Friday 21 April) to reports of a road traffic incident involving an overturned double-decker bus, on Lowery Lane in Stanley, County Durham.

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"We dispatched two ambulance crews, one duty officer, a clinical team leader, three crews from our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and a crew from our scheduled care team to provide additional resource support.

"We were also supported by our colleagues at Durham Constabulary and the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

“In total, we treated eleven patients, two of which were taken to the University Hospital of North Durham for further treatment."