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An elderly man injured after crashing into a police car as he drove the wrong way up a motorway remained in a critical condition in hospital yesterday

An elderly man injured after crashing into a police car as he drove the wrong way up a motorway remained in a critical condition in hospital yesterday

An elderly man injured after crashing into a police car as he drove the wrong way up a motorway remained in a critical condition in hospital yesterday

An elderly man injured after crashing into a police car as he drove the wrong way up a motorway remained in a critical condition in hospital yesterday.

The 84-year-old collided with the PSNI vehicle in the early hours of Monday, injuring one officer, though not seriously.

The policeman was treated in hospital and was released a short time later, a PSNI spokesman confirmed.

It is understood the pensioner had been driving a Volkswagen Polo the wrong way up the M1 between its junctions at Lurgan and Moira just before 5am, when it struck a stationary police car.

A spokesperson for the Southern Health Trust said yesterday that the pensioner remained in a critical condition at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The Police Ombudsman has been informed of the incident on the motorway.

Yesterday, a spokesperson said: "We have been notified of the incident and our enquiries are at an early stage."

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