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Falls Road, Belfast: Four hospitalised after stolen car causes five-car crash

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Media captionThe stolen car ended up on its roof after the crash

Several people, including an eight-year-old girl, were taken to hospital after a stolen car collided with a number of other cars on the Falls Road in west Belfast.

Police said the car was stolen during a creeper burglary in Servia Street before the crash, which happened shortly after 20:00 GMT on Monday.

At least three males in their late teens or early 20s were seen running from the car immediately after the crash.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

They said none of those taken to hospital had serious or life-threatening injuries.

The child has since been discharged from hospital.

Witnesses said a car drove through lights and struck other vehicles then careered along the road on its roof.

Wreckage was strewn across the Falls Road between Broadway and the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Image caption Five vehicles were involved in the crash

Joe Murray was waiting for a bus when the crash happened.

"I head a bang and saw a grey car hurtling towards me. I realised it had hit a couple of other cars," he said.

"My first reaction was to jump on the railings because it came that fast towards me I thought I was dead.

"I could see other people staggering about, dazed. I don't know how anybody walked out of that, all that mess."

Image caption Wreckage was strewn across the road

Another witness, Daniel Murray, was sitting in his parked car with his young son at the time.

"The car came right through the lights, clipped my car, went right up, over the BMW, hit the Volvo and slid right along the road," he said.

"It was sort of like on fire and there were three boys got out and they ran away."

He said it had "scared the life out of" his son.

Image caption Several people, including a child, were taken to hospital

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