28/01/2011

Police Investigate Tragic Carriageway Death

The busy A2 Bangor Road was closed to traffic heading towards Bangor at the Holywood Exchange junction this morning as a tragic incident on a traffic flyover was probed.

The road has now reopened after the PSNI earlier appealed for the public to be patient as officers investigated the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old woman.

The incident happened on Friday morning and followed reports of a "woman in distress" on the bridge during the morning rush hour.

Just two weeks ago, thousands of drivers were caught up in similar traffic chaos during an 'incident' that led to day-long disruption.

On that occasion, passing rush hour motorists on what is one of NI's busiest roads were shocked to see what appeared to be a hooded figure sitting on the edge of the traffic and pedestrian bridge around 8am.
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Once reported, the police then diverting traffic on the A2 road away from what police would at first only describe as "an incident" at the flyover at Holywood Exchange.

It was only in late afternoon that the road was then re-opened after being closed in both directions as officers attempted to deal with "a woman in distress".

The NI Fire & Rescue Service was also tasked to the scene and laid out an interlinked arrangement of airbags on the normally traffic-packed A2. After that incident, police said a woman had been taken to hospital.

BBC NI has now reported that the victim of today's sad tragedy is the same woman who was involved in the incident at the bridge two weeks ago.

See: Holywood A2 Back To Normal After 'Incident'

(BMcC/GK)

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