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Woman 'severely injured' after incident on Westlink

It is understood a woman has been injured.
It is understood a woman has been injured.

A woman has been severely injured after an incident on the Westlink in Belfast, a councillor has said.

The PSNI said it was dealing with an incident on the Westlink in the M2 direction at around 6.30pm on Wednesday.

It is understood a woman may have fallen off a bridge over the Westlink near the junction with Clifton Street.

An Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We received a 999 call at 17.47 on Wednesday 02 May 2019 relating to an incident at Clifton Street, Belfast.

"NIAS despatched one Emergency crew, one Officer and one Doctor to the scene.

"Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, One Patient was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast."

Sinn Féin Councillor Ryan Murphy called for fencing on the Westlink bridges to be urgently made higher to prevent further incidents.

The North Belfast councillor said a woman was severely injured in the incident.

“My immediate thoughts are with the woman injured tonight and her family - I hope she makes a full recovery," he said. 

“There have been a number of incidents on these bridges in recent years and this reinforces the need for higher fencing around the bridges at the West Link.

“Sinn Féin have written to the Department of Infrastructure urging them to install higher fencing, however, so far they have refused.

“Thankfully tonight’s incident did not result in a fatality, however, this could have been much worse.

“The Department have a duty of care to address this issue before someone else is seriously hurt or killed.”

The Department for Infrastructure did not respond to a request for comment.

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