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Eight people hospitalised following a six-car pile-up near power station

By Nevin Farrell

Published 30/05/2016

Police attend the six-car pile-up yesterday. Photo by Kevin Scott/Presseye
Police attend the six-car pile-up yesterday. Photo by Kevin Scott/Presseye

At least eight people were injured after a multiple vehicle collision in Co Antrim on Sunday evening and last night their conditions were described as "stable".

The Ambulance Service said six vehicles were involved in the collision, and Royal Victoria Hospital chiefs said they received eight patients.

Fire and rescue vehicles were also at the scene.

A PSNI spokeswoman said a number of vehicles were involved in a road traffic collision on the main road between Carrick and Larne at Kilroot but there were no reports of life-threatening injuries.

She said another separate collision took place a short distance away on the same road a few hours earlier when the highway was blocked near Kilroot Power Station and there were no reports of serious injuries in that incident.

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We got a call at 6.50pm that there was a three-car road traffic collision but when we got there, there were six vehicles.

"We had six accident and emergency crews, three rapid response paramedics, two officers and a doctor and we took five people to the Royal Victoria Hospital."

A spokeswoman for the Belfast Health Trust said: "Following a RTC on Larne Road, Belfast Trust can confirm that eight adults (four female, four male) have been received at the Royal Victoria Hospital emergency department." After assessment, she said the condition of all patients was described as stable.

Vehicles involved in the incident at the junction of Larne Road and Station Road included a Mercedes, BMW and a Mini Cooper.

Station Road leads to Kilroot Power Station, one of the biggest electricity generating sites in Northern Ireland.

William Lee (49), who lives near the scene, said when he heard of the crash he checked with his wife - who had gone to church - to make sure she was OK and not involved.

"There were a large number of vehicles involved and I hope nobody is seriously hurt," he added.

He said the scale of the collision was shocking, but there was no major history of bad crashes in the area.

Mr Lee added: "The road is 30mph up to near my house as it leaves Eden village and then the national speed limit applies."

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