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M1 motorway crash: Maureen Buchanan (80) dies

Published 08/04/2016

The scene on the M1 Motorway, southbound, outside Lurgan on Friday evening where a serious crash closed the road leaving hundreds of motorists trapped.
Photo by Tony Hendron
The scene on the M1 Motorway, southbound, outside Lurgan on Friday evening where a serious crash closed the road leaving hundreds of motorists trapped. Photo by Tony Hendron
Recovery vehicles pictured at the scene on the M1 motorway into Belfast where a Heavy Goods Vehicle mounted the central reservation. Photo: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
A lorry has hit the central reservation on the M1 Photo: Stephen Robinson

An elderly woman has died and four people have been taken to hospital following a road crash on the M1 in which involved at least six vehicles.

It is understood the injuries of the four taken to hospital were of a minor nature.

The PSNI has confirmed that an elderly woman died in the collision which involved at least six cars.

On Saturday a spokeswoman confirmed that 80-year-old Maureen Buchanan died in the crash.

The incident was reported to the PSNI at around 5.30pm on Friday and sparked traffic chaos as commuters attempted to make their way home.

A UEFA Women’s European Championship Group 6 Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Czech Republic which was due to take place in Lurgan was postponed due to the incident on the M1.

An announcement on when the game will take place will be made in due course by UEFA.

The Irish FA said it would like to pass on its thoughts to those involved in the accidents.

By 11pm on Friday, there were still motorists caught up in the traffic chaos.

The PSNI issued an apology on Twitter for the delays and said its priority was to ensure all vehicles were taken off the motorway safely.

They also tweeted that they hoped to have cleared to remaining vehicles by around midnight.

"We understand that the M1 closure has caused frustration & inconvenience however it is vital that a thorough scene examination takes place," the PSNI tweeted.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash close to Cornakinnegar Bridge between junctions 9 and 10 of the M1 westbound between Moira and Lurgan.

The motorway was initially closed between these junctions to westbound traffic however a subsequent closure was implemented on the eastbound side of the M1 between the same junctions.

A second collision also took place approximately one mile away, also countrybound.

A PSNI spokeswoman said the collisions and closures have had a significant impact on traffic with massive disruption and delays to journeys.

She added that the M1 is likely to remain closed into the night.

Earlier two outside lanes in both directions were blocked between the Moira roundabout and Blaris junctions after a lorry mounted the central reservation, ending in the middle of the motorway.

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