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Motorist killed after car leaves road and hits tree in Belfast

By Angela Rainey

Published 25/06/2016

Safety call: Christopher Stalford
Safety call: Christopher Stalford

A man in his 30s has died after his car struck a tree on the Upper Malone Road in Belfast on Thursday.

He had been driving a silver Peugeot 307 car at about 9.30pm when the car veered off the carriageway before hitting a tree.

The road was closed for a number of hours following the collision but has since reopened.

An investigation into the incident is under way and police have appealed to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the silver Peugeot car being driven in the area in the time leading up to the collision to contact officers at Lisburn Road in Belfast on 101. DUP MLA Christopher Stalford said: "Although we do not know at this stage the name or many personal details of the person killed in this accident, we do know that at the age of 33 years old and to lose their life in this manner is a tragedy.

"It is a life that has been cut short and will obviously have a devastating impact on his family and friends and an affect on the community as a whole.

"At this time they are all in my thoughts and prayers as they try to come to terms with this awful tragedy.

"Given the number of recent accidents that have happened on this road and at particular sections of it, perhaps more consideration is needed to ensure it is safer.

"It is maybe time to consider implementing more traffic calming measures in order to reduce the possibility of this happening in the future."

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