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Traffic live updates: Fatality closes Northern Ireland's M2 motorway

By Claire Williamson

Published 21/10/2016

Tailbacks after a serious accident on the Belfast bound carriageway of the M2 at Junction 4. Pic: Colm O'Reilly.
Tailbacks after a serious accident on the Belfast bound carriageway of the M2 at Junction 4. Pic: Colm O'Reilly.

Police have confirmed there has been a fatality in the serious crash which has closed the M2 motorway in Northern Ireland.

The motorway and Sandyknowes roundabout have been closed to Belfast bound traffic.

Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes with the roads expected to remain closed for several hours.

Police have said the southbound on-slip at Templepatrick has now also been closed along with the northbound off-slip at Sandyknowes.

Police are advising motorists to avoid the Glengormley area as there is a significant build-up of traffic.

Motorists and their passengers are asked to remain with their vehicles. And police are reminding motorists not to reverse on the motorway as this is illegal.

They are also reminded to keep the hard shoulder clear for the emergency services.

Inspector Rosemary Leech, from PSNI Road Policing, said: "At the moment have all the necessary agents on the ground so we are hopeful that resolution to this incident won't be too far away.

"In the mean time if we could appeal to motorists to please avoid the Sandyknowes interchange.

"Any traffic leaving Belfast heading northbound on the M2 will not be able to leave at Sandyknowes. It's being pushed on to Templepatrick and motorists will be expected to find their way back from there.

"Any traffic heading south towards the city should if they can avoid coming as far as Sandyknowes that would be advisable."

Inspector Leech has reminded motorists not to use the hard shoulder unless it is an emergency.

She said: "Do not use the hard shoulder, motorists are not to be driving on it nor to be reversing on it. It's not safe to do so, we need to keep the hard shoulder free for other emergency vehicles trying to access the scene and causes frustration among other drivers.

"Don't use the hard shoulder unless it's an emergency."

Inspector Leech added: "A word of thanks to the motorists for their patience.

"We will keep you advised as to how we are getting on and hopefully it won't be too much longer until the road is opened."

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