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Traffic chaos as dual carriageway is closed for two hours after motorcyclist collapses and dies

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 10/12/2015

Traffic on the Sydenham bypass following the tragedy yesterday
Traffic on the Sydenham bypass following the tragedy yesterday

A motorcyclist died yesterday after he collapsed while travelling on the A2 from Belfast to Bangor.

It is understood that the man pulled over to the side of the dual carriageway after suddenly falling ill.

Police closed the stretch near the Holywood Exchange junction for two hours to help ambulance staff treat the man at the side of the road.

The road closure and its diversions caused a major tailback for traffic travelling out of the city towards north Down.

Some motorists were stuck in congestion for more than an hour as queues grew.

The road was eventually reopened after 2pm.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service told the Belfast Telegraph: "We were called to a scene involving a motorcyclist at the side of the road close to the Ikea turn-off at 11.27am, and we responded in less than seven minutes.

"We treated the man at the scene before taking him to the Royal Victoria Hospital."

Meanwhile, several other roads were closed to traffic for a period yesterday.

The Portaferry Road in Newtownards was closed down for a time from the Old Shore Road to the Mount Stewart Road to help the removal of a bus that crashed on the shore earlier yesterday morning.

The Turnavall Road in Newry, Co Down was also shut while a fallen tree was removed.

And the Foyle Bridge in Londonderry was off-limits for some time to high-sided vehicles because of high winds.

In Co Tyrone, meanwhile, the B35 Carnteel Road was blocked off in both directions by a tree that fell close to Aughnacloy High School.

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