Woman hurt in crash as Belfast traffic lights fail
There was drama in Belfast city centre yesterday afternoon as emergency services had to cut the roof off a car to free a woman after a two-vehicle crash at a major junction.
Traffic lights at the junction of York Street and the Westlink in Belfast had been out of action since Sunday evening, a Department of Regional Development spokeswoman confirmed.
The PSNI were called to the scene at 3.40pm yesterday.
One female passenger was taken to hospital for head and neck injuries.
A female passenger in the other car was treated at the scene for minor injuries which did not require hospital treatment.
The male drivers of both cars escaped injury.
The collision caused traffic chaos in the city.
"Someone could easily have been killed," said a horrified onlooker.
Police and two fire engines with 12 firefighters attended the scene.
Group Commander Aidan Jennings said the roof had to be cut away to get the injured female passenger out of the car.
In June, former DRD Minister Danny Kennedy said budget cuts meant his department could no longer fund traffic light repairs. Last night the DRD said the lights were now working.