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Police hail 'life saving actions' of woman who helped prevent multi vehicle crash on Northern Ireland road

'While many drove by in the seconds after the crash, she stepped up. She did her bit'

By Claire Williamson

Police have hailed the "life saving actions" of a woman who helped prevent a multi-vehicle crash and lives being lost on Saturday night.

An off-duty officer came across the scene on the M2 motorway just outside Ballymena and posting on the PSNI Craigavon page, praised the woman's actions.

The officer was on his way back from watching the fireworks after the Irish Open on Saturday in Portstewart when he spotted a woman at the side of the road who was "frantically" signalling for cars to slow down.

When the officer slowed down and turned the corner he saw a vehicle stopped in the middle of the outside lane with its hazard lights on at the end of the motorway. The officer said he saw someone "hunched over a motionless body" on the grass verge and more than 50 meters down the road there was a motorbike on its side.

The officer said: "As I pulled in and ran over to the biker, it became clear how fortunate he was. A Red Cross ambulance was travelling just seconds behind him and he was already being treated. It got better still, as an off duty NIAS paramedic arrived.

"Being 4th in the list of trained bods on scene when NIAS and uniformed police haven't even arrived yet is quite a relief so I was able to look at what else needed to be done."

It was when the officer began speaking to their control room that he took stock of the what the girl had been doing.

He said: "She was now saving all of our lives. As I ran down to help her, she continued doing her thing, alerting drivers, slowing cars down, saving lives.

"I was in the inside lane (the driving lane) when I came round the corner, not only opening up my view, but meaning I wasn't in the blocked lane.

"There were cars coming off that corner in the overtaking lane in excess of 80mph and if it weren't for that girl doing her bit, that crash would have ended up being a multi-vehicle pile up. Without doubt, lives would have been lost or at very least - changed forever."

He added: "While many drove by in the seconds after the crash, she stepped up. She did her bit. She may not have been a trauma Doctor or a uniformed police officer, but she knew something needed to be done, and she did it.

"If you're reading this, broad accented country girl (hi), then well done you. While others set about doing their medical work, you had their back until our uniformed guys got there. We need more people like you - thank you."

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