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M1 motorway crash: Man dies in collision near Tamnamore

A man has died in a serious one-vehicle crash that closed the M1 in Northern Ireland in both directions near Tamnamore between junctions 13 and 14.

The crash happened at around 12.35pm and involved a grey Honda Civic.

The M1 motorway has now fully reopened to traffic.

John McPoland from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they were alerted at 12.37pm of a single vehicle RTC on the citybound on the M1 between junctions 13 and junction 12.

Paramedics attended the scene but no one was taken from it.

UUP councillor for Dungannon Walter Cuddy said a friend of his daughter's had witnessed the crash and believed one man was involved.

"It looks like a man driving towards Belfast lost control of his car completely. A friend of my daughter's was in the car behind and seen it all happen," he said.

"She's 25 and would be a balanced young girl and called it a horrendous accident, she's in a really bad state as she saw it all first hand."

"I believe he was at the Loughgall turn off and heading to Belfast when he lost control. I couldn't say what speed he was going but there was very heavy rain at the time with the storm.

"It's just very sad at the mouth of Christmas. I've heard that just one car was involved, that it spun round and may have caught fire. A young person wouldn't have seen an accident like that before and it's pretty stressful.

"That section of the motorway isn't a straight part. You come round from Dungannon  from the Coalisland turnoff over Blackwater river, there's a few fairly tight corners. There has been a history of accidents on that stretch over the last decade."

His party colleague, councillor Rosemary Barton posted on Twitter: "Shocked to hear about serious RTC at Tamnamore on M1. My thoughts are with all those involved and the emergency services."

Glen Millar from Portadown contacted the Belfast Telegraph to say his partner Ruthann had also witnessed the crash and was left deeply shaken.

"She was taking the children to Dungannon to the cinema. A silver car came past her and lost control at the Loughgall turnoff."

He said he understood the car was badly damaged after hitting a road sign at the turnoff with four concrete pillars.

"Ruthann was on the phone to me and frantic with stress. I told her to get off the phone and just get home," he said.

"She was very shaken, it sounds horrific. The road conditions were horrendous, I was out in my van and would usually do 50mph, but the rain was that bad I slowed right down to 30mph and still had difficulty seeing."

He continued: "At one stage the rain was literally torrential. I can't help but think this man's family might be out shopping and don't know, what if he has children?"

"All these things are going through Ruthann's head. She lost her brother six years ago to a car accident after he hit a tree. It's brought a lot of things home to her."

Police have asked that anyone who noticed the Honda Civic in the area prior to the collision, or anyone who witnessed the collision itself, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 566 of 23/12/16.

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