Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Man dies as Belfast motorway accident shuts M2

By David Young

Published 22/10/2016

Tailbacks after a serious accident on the Belfast bound carriageway of the M2 at Junction 4. Pic: Colm O'Reilly.
Tailbacks after a serious accident on the Belfast bound carriageway of the M2 at Junction 4. Pic: Colm O'Reilly.
Gridlocked traffic on the Belfast-bound lane of the M2 motorway, near Sandyknowes roundabout, yesterday

One person died in a serious incident near a bridge that shut part of the M2 motorway yesterday, police have confirmed.

The motorway and Sandyknowes roundabout were closed to Belfast-bound traffic for much of the day while emergency services attended the scene.

Police said the southbound on-slip at Templepatrick had also been closed, along with the northbound off-slip at Sandyknowes.

Motorists were advised to seek alternative routes.

However, the PSNI also told drivers avoid the Glengormley area because there was a significant build-up of traffic.

Motorists and their passengers  caught up in the congestion following yesterday morning’s tragedy were asked to remain with their vehicles and to keep the hard shoulder clear to facilitate the emergency services.

Commenting on the accident, Inspector Rosemary Leech, from PSNI’s road policing team, said: “At the moment we have all the necessary agents on the ground, so we are hopeful that resolution to this incident won’t be too far away.

“In the meantime, if we could appeal to motorists to please avoid the Sandyknowes interchange.

“Any traffic leaving Belfast heading northbound on the M2 will not be able to leave at Sandyknowes.

“It’s being pushed on to Templepatrick and motorists will be expected to find their way back from there.

“Any traffic heading south towards the city should, if they can, avoid coming as far as Sandyknowes. That would be advisable.”

Inspector Leech added her thanks to motorists for their patience.

Belfast Telegraph

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph