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Man killed in Belfast Westlink one-car crash

Police have confirmed a man died as a result of a one car crash on Belfast's Westlink on Wednesday evening.

The Westlink has been reopened and traffic returned to normal.

Police said the man was driving a car which was involved in a collision close to Roden Street just before 3pm and are appealing for witnesses.

The incident led to widespread traffic congestion right across the city.

Chief Inspector Norman Haslett said: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the closure. We are aware of the difficulties and frustration caused by this closure and the major delays and inconvenience caused to commuters and families trying to get home.

“It is with reluctance that we close any road, particularly a busy thoroughfare such as the Westlink however, following any fatal road traffic collision police have an obligation to carry out a full and thorough investigation into the exact circumstances of the collision and the scene must be closed in order for that investigation to take place.”

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it was called to the scene just before 3pm.

"Two rapid response vehicles, one Officer and one A&E crew attended the scene but no patients have been transported to hospital," said a spokeswoman.

The gridlock  also caused delays for Metro bus users in Belfast, with long queues building up at bus stops outside City Hall.

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