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M2 crash victim third person to lose life on roads over Christmas in Northern Ireland

Police name M1 crash victim

By Brett Campbell

Ulster's roads claimed their third victim of the Christmas period after a man died following a multi-vehicle collision on the M2.

The victim, who was in his 30s, was driving a Seat Ibiza when he was involved in a pile-up with a number of other vehicles just before 8.40pm on Monday.

The motorway between Templepatrick and Sandyknowes was closed in both directions following the crash and was only reopened yesterday afternoon.

Two other men sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result.

Glengormley councillor John Blair expressed his condolences to the victim's family.

He said: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who has been killed, especially at this particular time of the year.

"I was actually diverted off the motorway on my way home on Monday night and I knew something was wrong. My first thought was roadworks but when I got closer to Sandyknowes I realised something much more serious was happening."

The Alliance man urged anyone with information to contact the police.

Mr Blair added: "I would be hopeful that anyone who was on the motorway at the time and knows anything, even the finest detail, that they would forward the information to the police."

PSNI Inspector Gary McComb appealed for anyone travelling on the M2 on Monday night and who witnessed the incident to come forward.

The tragedy was the third fatality on the roads over the festive period.

Londonderry woman Amy Loughrey was killed in a crash in Co Donegal on Thursday night.

The 25-year-old was fatally injured when her car was in collision with another vehicle near Fahan.

Police have released the name of the man who died in a crash on the M1 on Friday.

Paulo Roberto Maiai-Lopes died after a crash near Tamnamore.

The 36-year-old was from Portugal and living in the Dungannon area.

Police continue to appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 566 of 23/12/16.

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