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Belfast Westlink crash victim was 69-year-old north Belfast man

Police have confirmed the man who died in the fatal accident on Belfast's Westlink was north Belfast man Victor Shaw.

He was 69 years old.

Mr Shaw was driving a white Ford Fiesta which appeared to hit a wall close to Roden Street just before 3pm on Wednesday.

Following a 999 call the Ambulance Service sent two rapid response vehicles, one officer and an A&E crew immediately to the scene.

The authorities were forced to close the Westlink, one of the city's busiest roads, for almost five hours after the collision to allow emergency services to clear the wreckage and investigate the scene.

The resulting closure led to widespread traffic chaos throughout the evening commute.

Chief Inspector Norman Haslett said the police had a duty of care to investigate the incident and had no option but to close the road.

He added: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the closure.

"We are aware of the difficulties and frustration caused by this closure and the major delays and inconvenience caused to commuters and families trying to get home.

"It is with reluctance that we close any road, particularly a busy thoroughfare such as the Westlink.

"However, following any fatal road traffic collision police have an obligation to carry out a full and thorough investigation into the exact circumstances of the collision and the scene must be closed in order for that investigation to take place."

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