Folks have advised of their shock after a person died in a horror accident on the M1.
The incident occurred round 4.50pm yesterday on a stretch of the Belfast-bound lane of the motorway between Lurgan and Moira.
Shocked onlookers described how the person parked his automobile, a Black Saab Vector, on the laborious shoulder earlier than showing to step out in entrance of a HGV, simply previous the Lurgan turn-off.
Police described the deceased as “a male pedestrian”, and appealed to anybody who noticed a person on the M1 across the time to come back ahead.
The stretch of the motorway was closed in each instructions as emergency companies – together with the Air Ambulance – attended the scene.
One motorist, who arrived seconds after the accident, described how individuals battled to save lots of the person.
They advised the Belfast Telegraph: “I obtained there moments after it had occurred – the poor man was on the bottom.
“I may see right away that he was in a nasty approach.
“There was a nurse, who had additionally come on the scene, and she or he was making an attempt to resuscitate him.
“A few individuals labored laborious on him till the Air Ambulance arrived, but it surely was no good – he was gone.
“There have been fairly just a few individuals on the scene and everybody was very upset.
“It’s simply tragic – it was a traumatic scene.”
They added that they believed the deceased was aged of their 30s.
Police confirmed “a male pedestrian” had died and appealed for info.
Inspector Gary Irvine mentioned: “The only-vehicle collision involving a lorry occurred round 4.50pm, eastbound on the M1, simply previous the Lurgan junction. There have been no reviews of another accidents.
“We’re working to determine what occurred and we’re eager to talk to anybody who noticed a Black Saab Vector on the M1 travelling eastbound earlier than the collision was reported.
“We’re additionally eager to listen to from anybody who noticed a male on the M1 on this space previous to the collision.”
The Northern Eire Ambulance Service mentioned it despatched one speedy response paramedic, one paramedic officer and one emergency ambulance crew to the scene.
There have been lengthy delays as emergency companies handled the incident. The westbound carriageway of the M1 between Moira and Lurgan was later reopened whereas the eastbound lanes remained closed into the night.
Higher Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart mentioned she understood he got here from the native space.
“This can be a very tragic incident and my ideas are very a lot with the household of the deceased,” she mentioned.
“I commend the emergency companies personnel who handled the incident, together with the those that got here to the person’s support and helped him.”
She additionally praised the understanding of motorists who had been caught up within the incident.
“At first, our ideas are with household who’re grieving the lack of a beloved one, misplaced in such tragic circumstances,” she added.