Belfast Telegraph

Man killed in M1 horror incident after 'stepping out in front of lorry'

By Gillian Halliday and Adrian Rutherford

People have told of their shock after a man died in a horror accident on the M1.

The incident occurred around 4.50pm yesterday on a stretch of the Belfast-bound lane of the motorway between Lurgan and Moira.

Shocked onlookers described how the man parked his car, a Black Saab Vector, on the hard shoulder before appearing to step out in front of a HGV, just past the Lurgan turn-off.

Police described the deceased as "a male pedestrian", and appealed to anyone who saw a man on the M1 around the time to come forward.

The stretch of the motorway was closed in both directions as emergency services - including the Air Ambulance - attended the scene.

One motorist, who arrived seconds after the accident, described how people battled to save the man.

They told the Belfast Telegraph: "I got there moments after it had happened - the poor man was on the ground.

"I could see straight away that he was in a bad way.

"There was a nurse, who had also come on the scene, and she was attempting to resuscitate him.

"A couple of people worked hard on him until the Air Ambulance arrived, but it was no good - he was gone.

"There were quite a few people on the scene and everyone was very upset.

"It is just tragic - it was a traumatic scene."

They added that they believed the deceased was aged in their 30s.

Police confirmed "a male pedestrian" had died and appealed for information.

Inspector Gary Irvine said: "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."

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it sent one rapid response paramedic, one paramedic officer and one emergency ambulance crew to the scene.

There were long delays as emergency services dealt with the incident. The westbound carriageway of the M1 between Moira and Lurgan was later reopened while the eastbound lanes remained closed into the evening.

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said she understood he came from the local area.

"This is a very tragic incident and my thoughts are very much with the family of the deceased," she said.

"I commend the emergency services personnel who dealt with the incident, along with the those who came to the man's aid and helped him."

She also praised the understanding of motorists who had been caught up in the incident.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with family who are grieving the loss of a loved one, lost in such tragic circumstances," she added.

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