Belfast Telegraph

Driver in hospital after tree falls on car in Comber

By Nevin Farrell

One person was last night in a stable condition in hospital after being trapped in a car by a fallen tree as high winds battered Northern Ireland.

The Ambulance Service said it was called to the Belfast Road, Comber, at around 6.30pm.

The person was freed from the vehicle and taken to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

Police said that the patient was serious but stable, and that the road would be closed until this morning.

Meanwhile, at nearby Newtownards, police closed off South Street over concerns that a wall would collapse.

The PSNI said on Twitter: "We fear the wall may collapse at any time due to high winds".

A Department for Infrastructure spokeswoman later confirmed there was a "partial collapse" of the wall.

An employee at South Street Chippy, 100 yards from the wall, told the Belfast Telegraph last night: "The road has been closed off from before 7pm.

"Our deliveries can't get out and we are having to re-route and go round the whole town because it is a one-way system. It is quite windy."

Portrush Lifeboat was launched yesterday after reports of a 29-foot long motorboat in difficulty off the west coast of Rathlin Island. It was towed safely into Ballycastle Harbour.

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