One injured in major M1 bin lorry crash

Published Friday, 08 November 2013
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One man has been taken to hospital following a four-vehicle crash involving a bin lorry on the M1 motorway, with traffic at a standstill for hours.

One injured in major M1 bin lorry crash
The scene of the crash on the M1. (© Presseye)

The road, which has since reopened, was closed westbound between Stockmans Lane and Saintfield Road on Friday morning, causing long tailbacks both in and out of Belfast.

Emergency crews attended the scene of the incident, near the Blacks Road off-slip, and it appears that only one man was injured.

According to police, his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

It is understood that the in lorry may have crashed through the central reservation, before blocking all three lanes.

One commuter - who spent more than an hour and 20 minutes stuck in stationary traffic - told U105's Frank Mitchell that "rubberneckers" added to the problem.

"They're all slowing down to have a look," he said, of the drivers heading into the city.

"I didn't see actually what happened, but it looks like a bin lorry has been heading city-bound and he's come straight through the central reservation and collided with three cars."

Country-bound motorists were diverted off the motorway at the Stockman's Lane junction and lane 3 of the M1 was closed in both directions for emergency repairs to the central barrier.

It is now fully reopened to traffic.

Officers earlier had to warn motorists to stay in their vehicles for their own safety.

In a separate incident, a woman was taken to hospital for minor injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash at Donegall Square in Belfast.

© UTV News
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12 Comments
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (286 days ago):
@paul in larne ! Oh your hillairous ! Someone could have been killed
pat in belfast wrote (286 days ago):
This incident would raise great concern on the structure of these barriers..they need to be the 'walled structure'..can you imagine a fully laden 40 footer going thru railings??
barry in dungannon wrote (286 days ago):
obviously these central reservation barriers are not fit for purpose
Aisling McMahon in Belfast wrote (287 days ago):
I was on my way to the zoo with others getting a placement when I looked across and seen the pile up. I had seen the cars and the bin lorry and honestly I thought someone was dead, but thank goodness that no one has died.
Alison Symington in Portadown wrote (287 days ago):
I was about 50m behind the bin lorry when it crossed the central reservation. It is a miracle that this was not fatal. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to the man who was taken to hospital, the lorry driver and to all others involved.
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