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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 21:54 GMT
Traffic chaos follows m-way death
One person died in the crash on the M2 (crash scene)
One person died in the crash on the M2
There has been traffic chaos across much of Belfast after a fatal accident involving a bus on the M2 motorway.

All lanes countrybound were closed from York Street to Greencastle, but police have said they are now reopened.

A man died after being hit by the bus on the northbound route out of Belfast, just before Greencastle at 1345 GMT.

Translink has confirmed the bus involved was the Airport 300. No other vehicles were involved and no other people were injured.

A Translink spokesperson said the bus driver was "shocked and shaken" by the incident.

trafficjam city centre
Traffic is backed up around the city centre

Thousands of commuters faced delays to their journey home in the severe traffic disruption after the accident.

Traffic was queued back to the Grosvenor Road on the Westlink which caused congestion around Millfield College Avenue and Fisherwick Place.

There were queues into the city on Sydenham bypass, which was closed at the M3 and there were queues back to Tillysburn.

Traffic was also congested around Bridge End, Short Strand, Newtownards Road to the Middlepath Street onslip as well as into the city centre.

It is not the first time in recent months that Belfast city centre has ground to a standstill because of one incident on the roads.

The Roads Service are due to meet with the PSNI on Wednesday to examine the sequence of events that led to the traffic congestion.

In a statement police extended their condolences to the family of the dead man and said they were aware of the frustration caused when there was major roads disruption.

"However, following any fatal road traffic collision police have an obligation to carry out a full and comprehensive investigation," it said.

"While we try to ensure that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum, due to the location of this particular incident a number of major routes were badly affected."


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