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The moment rush hour turned into a six-car pile-up on one of province's busiest bypasses

By Chris McCullough

Published 17/09/2016

The scene of the crash involving six vehicles on the Holywood bypass yesterday morning
The scene of the crash involving six vehicles on the Holywood bypass yesterday morning

A builder from Holywood has told how a car crashed into the back of his van causing a multiple-vehicle pile-up during rush hour yesterday morning.

John Sloan from Seapark Construction told the Belfast Telegraph how his van was propelled forward, hitting a number of other cars in front of him.

A woman was later arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

The accident happened near Holywood shortly before 8am, on the city-bound A2 Belfast Road close to Marine Parade.

It is claimed a silver coloured VW Golf car crashed into Mr Sloan's van after it came around a corner, while he was waiting with a number of other vehicles at traffic lights.

Police confirmed that a 50-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through alcohol.

Three people, including Mr Sloan, were taken to the Ulster Hospital where their conditions were described as stable.

The Ambulance Service said it received a call at around 7.45am about a two-car crash.

Police have since said there were six vehicles involved, but the paramedic on the scene reported a five-car crash and requested two ambulances.

Mr Sloan said he sustained injuries to his eye, face and head.

He said: "I was taken to hospital for X-rays to investigate the extent of my injuries."

Mr Sloan continued, claiming: "I had just approached the traffic lights around 7.45am and was waiting with other cars in front of me as the light was red.

"Next thing I knew a car smashed into the back of me.

"There were four or five cars in front of me and I hit some of them due to the force of the impact.

"My van is built like a tank, especially at the rear, but the force of the crash damaged it considerably.

"The car that hit me was in a right state too.

"I don't really remember much after the crash and I am not sure if I was knocked out or not."

Traffic was backed up along the busy A2 following the crash, as far back as the Ballyrobert Road, but was running again as normal by 10.30am.

PSNI Sergeant Gibson said: "We are keen to speak with any motorist who witnessed the collision and especially anyone who observed this silver VW Golf travelling on the A2 prior to the incident.

"We can also confirm that we have arrested a female on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through alcohol in relation to the crash.

"If you did see this vehicle then we would urge you to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 177."

Local DUP councillor Stephen Dunne said the speed limit on this section of road is 40mph, but there have been calls for it to be reduced to 30mph. He said: "It's a busy stretch of road which accommodates around 40,000 vehicles per day.

"Traffic is heavy at peak times and drivers need to exercise extra caution when travelling at these times.

"The road where the accident happened narrows down and there is a right turn off it with no filter lane. This latest accident is a reminder for the need for road investment here.

"Some people stopped to tell me that section of the road should have a 30mph speed limit.

"Thankfully there were no serious injuries to those involved," he added.

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