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Police Ombudsman investigating after pedestrian killed in serious Belfast crash

The police watchdog say it is investigating a serious crash in which a pedestrian was killed in north Belfast.

Investigators from the Police Ombudsman’s Office confirmed it is investigating the circumstances leading up to the fatal collision which happened on the Ballysillan Road in Belfast on Thursday morning.

One man has been arrested at the scene of the crash in which a woman, believed to be from the area, was killed.

A spokesman for the Ombudsman Office said: “The PSNI informed us that its officers had been involved in a pursuit of a vehicle involved in the collision. A stinger device is also believed to have been used by police.

“We are now investigating the actions taken by police in the period prior to the collision. Our investigators have been at scene and are continuing to make enquiries.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express our sympathies to the family and friends of the woman who died.”

The Ballysillan Road remains closed in both directions following the incident.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said one person was taken to hospital via air ambulance.

"One emergency ambulance crew and one officer attended the incident. The charity air ambulance was also dispatched to the scene," a spokesperson said.

"Following assessment and treatment at the scene by paramedics, one patient is being conveyed to the Royal Victoria Hospital."

Local DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst said that he had been informed by reliable sources that a woman passed away.

"I am sickened to the pit of my stomach that a local woman has been killed," he said.

Police said the crash involved a suspected stolen vehicle and urged the public to avoid the area.

Diversions are currently in place at Bilston Road and Oldpark Road.

Sinn Fein North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly extended condolences to the family and friends of the local woman.

“The community was shocked to hear of the tragic death which occurred in the Ballysillan Road area of North Belfast," he said.

“This is the second tragedy to occur in North Belfast in just over twelve hours.

“I want to extend my condolences to the family and friends of the woman killed and ask anyone who may have been in the vicinity at the time of the incident to come forward with that information.”

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