Dramatic footage shows TEN-car pile-up amid rush hour crash horror on motorway as one person rushed to hospital | The Sun
ONE person has been hospitalised after a massive multi-vehicle crash involving at least 10 cars on a busy motorway.
Dramatic footage of the smash has emerged after one car crashed into another, causing a pile-up in Antrim.
The collision happened on the northbound lane of the motorway on the outer overtaking lane close to the Mallusk junction on Tuesday afternoon.
Motorists faced long tailbacks after the crash caused one lane of the motorway to be closed off entirely.
Drivers were advised to seek alternative routes as emergency services attended the scene of the collision.
Dash-cam footage shows one car crashing into another and shaking as another car hits it from behind.
At least 10 cars were involved in the pileup, with those at the back appearing to have suffered the most damage.
The delays led to changes in Translink's bus service from Belfast city centre to Belfast International Airport, with passengers unable to be dropped off at Templepatrick until the return journey.
The scene was cleared and the lane fully re-opened shortly after 6:30pm.
A spokesperson for the NI Ambulance Service said: "Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken by ambulance to Antrim Area Hospital."
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Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the PSNI.
A spokesperson said: "Police received a report of a collision on the northbound side of the M2, near Mallusk junction, just after 4.10pm on Tuesday, 24th January.
"Officers attended along with colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.
"One lane of the motorway had to be closed until several of the vehicles were recovered.
"Ten vehicles were involved in the collision and a number of people were taken to hospital for treatment for what are thought, at this time, to be minor injuries.
"The lane reopened just before 6.30pm.
"Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing, and police would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who may have relevant dash-cam footage, to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 1071 of 24/10/23."
Separately, a woman aged in her 80s, has died after she was struck by a car while out walking in Co Clare.
Gardai rushed to the scene of the smash, which involved a car and a pedestrian, in Knockaveen just before 9am on Sunday.
The pedestrian was fatally injured. Her body has since been removed to the morgue at University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem examination is due to take place.
There were no other injuries reported.
The L8050 road at Knockaveen remains closed and local diversions have been put in place.
A technical examination is being conducted by Forensic Collision Investigators.
A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to provide support to the family of the deceased.
Gardai in Scarriff are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact them.
A spokesperson said: "Any road users who were travelling in this area between 8:45am and 9:15am and may have camera footage (including dash-cam), are asked to make this available to Gardai.
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"Anyone with any information is asked to contact Scarriff Garda Station on 061 922790, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station."
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