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Police applaud public who helped M1 smash motorist

By Staff Reporter

Police have thanked members of the public who stopped to help out in the aftermath of a serious car crash on the M1.

The incident - in which a car crashed into a line of trees - happened at the M12 off-slip at Portadown yesterday.

The front of the car was smashed as the car ploughed into the trees which border the busy road.

Police sources said that the elderly male driver had a very lucky escape.

Writing on the PSNI Craigavon's Facebook page, an officer praised the motorists who had stopped to give help to the car's driver.

"Big shout out to the other motorists who selflessly stopped to help this afternoon at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the Portadown off-slip of the M1 motorway!" the officer posted.

"It was a wonderful sight pulling up in our police car and seeing so many people already out and helping the elderly male involved - including an off duty doctor."

The PSNI also paid tribute to a group of women who had rushed to rescue the driver of the stricken vehicle.

"A special big thanks to the ladies at the scene who all pulled together to pull the tree off the car! We have some Superwomen in our midst!"

Meanwhile, in Co Down, the Ballybunden Road in Killinchy was closed yesterday following a traffic accident involving a motorcycle which collided with a telegraph pole.

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman said the male motorcyclist had been taken to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald for treatment to leg injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening.

Diversions were put in place while police investigated the cause of the incident.

The narrow country road, which runs from Drumreagh to Baloo crossroads, has now reopened to traffic following the accident.

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