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Pedestrian dies after collision involving lorry on M1

Police appeal for witnesses to motorway collision

A male pedestrian has died after a road traffic collision on the M1

The single vehicle collision involved a lorry and happened at around 4.50pm.

It happened eastbound on the M1 just before the Lurgan junction.

No other injuries were reported.

Inspector Gary Irvine said: “We are working to establish what happened and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw a black Saab Vector on the M1 travellling eastbound before the collision was reported.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone who sw a male on the M1 in this area prior to the collision.”

He added: “Following the collision, the westbound lanes were closed but have since reopened. However, Junctions 10 and 9 remain closed eastbound and traffic is being diverted through Lurgan.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone who has a dash cam in their vehicle to check their footage.

“Anyone who has information which may assist our investigation is asked to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 944 of 01/08/18.”

Sinn Fein MLA John O’Dowd expressed his condolences to the victim’s family.

He said: “I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this young man. They have a lost a loved one in the most tragic of circumstances.

“My thoughts and prayers, and that of my party, are with the family as they come to terms with their loss.

“We also extend thoughts and prayers to those involved in and those who witnessed the incident.

“The PSNI are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or those with dash cam footage to get in toucH.”

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