Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Two bikers dead and a third critical in weekend of carnage

Two motorcyclists are dead and another is critically ill after separate collisions at the weekend.

One man died when his bike was in collision with two cars on Comber Road in Killyleagh around 6pm last night.

In Co Antrim, a 68-year-old motorcyclist died after he came off his blue Suzuki bike on White Park Road close to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge around midday yesterday.

The man’s bike left the road as it climbed uphill outside Ballintoy.

He was taken to hospital but died later in the afternoon. The road between Ballintoy and Ballycastle was closed for investigations and reopened last night.

Sinn Fein councillor Cara McShane, who lives close to the scene, said the area was popular with motorcyclists, particularly on sunny days.

She said: “Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the man. The good weather always brings out a lot of motorbikes on the north coast. It’s a very scenic route, but unfortunately accidents are only too common.”

The deaths of the two bikers bring to 84 the number of lives lost on Northern Ireland’s roads this year.

A man in his 20s was critically injured when his motorbike was in collision with a car in Lantara in Ballee, Ballymena, at around 3.30pm on Saturday.

Anyone who witnessed any of the collisions was asked to contact police.

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