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Male pedestrian killed in M1 lorry incident

By Jonathan Bell

Police have confirmed a male pedestrian died in the incident on the M1 on Wednesday.

There were long delays after the incident just before 5pm which happened just past the Lurgan junction toward Belfast. Police closed both section of the motorway between junctions nine and 10 to allow for the Air Ambulance to land.

There were reports of traffic queued for over five miles. The M1 westbound was reopened around 9pm, however, eastbound remains closed as too do both the junctions.

Police are investigating and keen to speak to anyone who saw a black Saab car on the motorway prior to the incident and for anyone that saw the man on the road to contact investigators.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said: "Another tragedy hits our local community. Tonight my thoughts and prayers are with a grieving family who have lost a loved one so tragically on the M1. Our heart breaks for this family and all those involved in the accident.

"We must commend our emergency services for their handling of the incident and all those who endeavoured to assist. Also we must commend those who were caught in the traffic congestion for their compassion and understanding.

"May God wrap his arms around this family."

Inspector Gary Irvine added: “The single-vehicle collision involving a lorry occurred around 4:50pm, eastbound on the M1, just past the Lurgan junction. There were no reports of any other injuries.

“We are working to establish what happened and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw a Black Saab Vector on the M1 travelling eastbound before the collision was reported. We are also keen to hear from anyone who saw a male on the M1 in this area prior to the collision. 

"Following the collision, the westbound lanes were closed but have since reopened. However, Junctions 10 and 9 remain closed eastbound and traffic is being diverted through Lurgan.

"I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone who has a dash cam in their vehicle to check their footage. Anyone who has information which may assist our investigation is asked to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 944 of 01/08/18.”

It was hoped the motorway would be reopened by midnight.

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