Man dies after multi-car crash on M2 in Northern Ireland
A man has died following a crash involving multiple vehicles on the M2 last night which resulted in the closure of the motorway in both directions.
The collision occurred shortly after 8.30pm on Monday night with police forced to close the motorway between Sandyknowes and Templepatrick.
On Tuesday police confirmed that a man, aged in his 30s, had died following the crash.
The man was the driver of a Seat Ibiza car that was involved in a collision with a number of other vehicles.
Two other men sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision.
Inspector Gary McComb is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the M2 last night and who witnessed the collision to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 992 of 26/12/16.
The normally busy Newtownabby Applegreen service station on the M2 was closed for customers shortly after the crash.
The M2 fully reopened on Tuesday afternoon.
Sinn Fein MLA Declan Kearney has expressed sympathy with family and friends of the man.
The South Antrim MLA said: "The death of a man in his 30s on the M2 near Templepatrick is tragic.
"Any death on the roads is one too many but it is especially poignant at this time of year.
"My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim at this sad time
Ulster Unionist councillor for Ballyclare David Arthurs urged drivers not to take risks when the roads were quieter over the holiday period.
"At this time of the year the roads aren't the busiest and people would maybe tend to increase their speed," he said.
"I would just ask people to be vigilant and stick to the speed limits and be careful.
"It was maybe a bit misty tonight and cool, so there could have been some ice on the roads."
The latest incident follows a fatal single-vehicle crash last Friday on the M1 motorway near Tamnamore that saw one man die at the scene. Details of the crash victim are yet to emerge.
The previous day 25-year-old Amy Loughrey was killed in a crash in Co Donegal when her car collided with another vehicle near Fahan.
She was driving home to Derry from her job when she died in the head-on crash.
On Christmas day a driver was taken to hospital after their car crashed through a steel fence into trees at Belfast's Musgrave park on the Stockmans Lane.
The PSNI tweeted a picture of the crash site at the time with a safety message for the festive period: "It's the people around the table that make Christmas not what's on it.
"Christmas in hospital for this driver."