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PSNI probe 'abduction link' to stolen car which caused rush hour chaos on M1

Police are investigating a possible link between an abduction of a woman and a crash involving a stolen car on the M1.

A stolen car caused rush-hour traffic chaos on Friday morning when it crashed into several other vehicles on an M1 onslip.

Police have said a 35-year-old woman was assaulted by a man who forced her into a silver Ford car in the Hilltown area of Co Down on Friday morning.

The car was driven to the Knockgorm Road in Katesbridge where the woman escaped and raised the alarm - the driver made off.

Later, at around 7.40am a green Mercedes 4X4 was stolen in Banbridge - which then crashed into several vehicles on the M1 where it was abandoned on Sprucefield area just before 8am.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, dangerous driving and failing to remain at the scene of a road traffic collision.

The woman suffered injuries to her face and head and was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not believed to be serious.

The collision happened at 8am at Junction 7 at Sprucefield - 20 minutes after the car was stolen from Banbridge.

Long tailbacks stretched back past Junction 8.

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