Pensioner critical and officer injured after car driven wrong way down M1 motorway

Accident
Accident

Police would like to thank members of the public who contacted them on Monday morning, 21 September, to make them aware of a vehicle driving on the M1 in the wrong direction.

Following the first report at 4.49am officers attended and a Volkswagen Polo car collided with a stationary police car between the Lurgan and Moira junctions on the westbound carriageway.

If you noticed a blue Volkswagen Polo car on the roads around Armagh, Dungannon or Craigavon during the early hours of this morning please contact us on 101

The 84 year old male driver was taken to hospital and his condition is described as critical.

A male police officer was also injured and taken to hospital.

Inspector Andrew Wilson said: “We’d like to say thank you to all those motorists who contacted us to make us aware of the car. We would also like to trace the movements of the car prior to its arrival on the M1. If you noticed a blue Volkswagen Polo car on the roads around Armagh, Dungannon or Craigavon during the early hours of this morning please contact us on 101, quoting ref: 119 210915.”

The Police Ombudsman have been made aware of this incident.