BEACHLEY Road in Beachley has been closed after a bus crashed earlier this afternoon.

The bus had dropped off pupils from Offa's Mead Academy in Sedbury before the accident.

The school issued a statement saying: "You may have seen via Facebook that the school bus was involved in a crash this afternoon.

"We can confirm no children were on the bus at the time."

The road was closed near Beachley Barracks and a diversion was put in place around Loop Road.

Witnesses on social media reported a number of fire engines and ambulances in the area.

The road was expected to be closed for several hours while an investigation took place.