M1 completely reopened after fatal crash

The scene on the M1 after last Friday's crash
The scene on the M1 after last Friday's crash

The M1 motorway was completely re-opened around 9am today following a fatal road traffic collision yesterday.

An elderly woman died and a number of other people have suffered injuries as a result of a motorway collision between Moira and Lurgan yesterday.

Last night a PSNI spokesman said the motorway would be closed through the night while investigators examine the scene.

Many motorists were left stranded for almost five hours in the long tailbacks with some taking to the hard shoulder in an effort to escape the gridlock.

One driver told the News Letter he was stationary from 5.30pm until 10.10pm when the first police officer approached with information or instructions.

The motorist was eventually advised to carefully turn around and drive back towards Moira.

Police have said they understand the prolonged closure has caused inconvenience, but said it is necessary to allow for a thorough investigation.