UPDATED NEWS….TEN INJURED IN FIVE VEHICLE PILE-UP IN WEST BELFAST

Paramedics and doctors at the scene of west Belfast crash which left 10 people injured

Paramedics and doctors at the scene of west Belfast crash which left 10 people injured

POLICE accident investigators are at the scene of a serious road smash in west Belfast.

Beechmount Avenue was closed and a total of 10 people have been injured, three of them seriously.

The accident happened around 10.30 am on Friday morning after a number of vehicles ploughed into each other.

At least five vehicles – two of them local black taxis – were involved in the accident on Beechmount Avenue at its junction with the Falls Road.

The injured were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service’s John McPoland spokesman said it “despatched” nine accident and emergency vehicles, 2 PCS vehicles, 6 ambulance officers and two basic doctors to the scene.

“We all worked well together and the scene was clear of patients within an hour and the Major Incident was stood down,” added Mr McPoland.

The scene of the accident in west Belfast where a white van has rear ended a black taxi

The scene of the accident in west Belfast where a white van has rear ended a black taxi

“Ten patients were taken to hospital, three with serious injuries.”

A probe is underway by the PSNI’s Collision Investigation Unit to find out how the crash was caused.

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