Belfast Telegraph

Man is killed in five-vehicle pile-up on M2

By Staff Reporter

A man was killed and three others injured in a five-car crash on the M2 in Belfast yesterday.

The collision happened on the southbound lanes between Duncrue and the city centre just before 4pm.

It is understood that the victim, who has not been named, died at the scene.

There was no confirmation last night of the injuries suffered by the three other casualties, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

Witnesses described the scene of the crash as "horrific".

"I was right behind this accident today with my young son in the car," said one motorist.

"It is the worst accident I've ever witnessed. I really hope that the people involved are okay, though from what I had seen I'm unsure.

"I hope their family members and friends will be okay."

Another said: "I was less than a minute behind the crash.

"Absolutely horrific scene. Heartbreaking."

The M2, M3 and M5 remained closed for a number of hours as emergency services treated the injured, supported by the Air Ambulance.

The operation caused widespread traffic chaos with the PSNI asking people in Belfast to avoid non-essential journeys.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said: "We received a 999 call at approximately 3.50pm on Sunday 22 July following reports of five-vehicle RTC on the southbound carriageway of M2 in Belfast.

"NIAS dispatched two rapid response paramedics, three A&E crews and an intermediate care crew to the scene. The charity Air Ambulance was also tasked to the scene."

Last night the PSNI confirmed that the M2 and M3 in Belfast had reopened following the collision.

It urged witnesses to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

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