THE PSNI have reopened both sides of the M2 motorway after the tragic death of a man on Wednesday morning on the northern outskirts of Belfast.
Police were alerted about the death of a man close to the M2 around 7.30 am.
The area was sealed off as emergency services attend the scene.
As a result, long tailbacks were reported in Prince Charles Way, Doagh Road, Ballyhenry Road and parts of Glengormley.
All motorists were advised to try alternative routes and avoid the area. Police also asked motorists to be patient as they deal with the tragic circumstances.
The emergency services attended the scene of the male death who is believed to have fall from the bridge on the Hightown Road.
The citybound and countrybound lanes of the M2 near to the incident were closed for over four hours and diversions were put in place.
One local man said: “This is terrible news for a family so close to Christmas. This will be devastating for them and it puts life into perspective.”
They want anyone who was in this area around and who may have witnessed the incident to contact them on 0845 600 8000.
It is not the first time police have to deal with such tragic incidents on major road networks in Northern Ireland.
A man and a woman also died in similar tragic incidens on the main Belfast to Bangor Road within the past number of years.