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Biker died in crash on way home from seeing motorcycle

By Sara Neill

Published 17/06/2015

Motorcyclist Noel Campbell died from his injuries
Motorcyclist Noel Campbell died from his injuries

A motorcyclist who died after a crash was on his way back from looking at a bike when he was fatally injured.

Noel Campbell's vehicle collided with a tractor on the Rathfriland Road in Newry on Monday afternoon, just a few miles from his family home.

The 46-year-old, who was from the Rathfriland area, was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Mr Campbell lived with his widowed mother and his twin brother, Rodney, while his sister Cora lives a few miles up the road with her two sons.

Reverend David Murphy said the tragedy had devastated the close-knit family and shocked the local community.

"It was a big shock to the Campbells," he explained.

"At first, it appeared the accident wasn't very serious, and they didn't expect him to pass.

"This has been especially hard for his twin brother.

"They were very close - they had that bond of twins."

Mr Campbell was well-known in the Rathfriland area, and Rev Murphy told how riding motorbikes was one of his biggest passions.

"He loved his motorbike because it gave him a bit of freedom to travel," he said.

"Noel was coming home from a trip to Belfast to look at another motorbike when the accident happened.

"Neighbours have been round - they are standing by and helping the family, but obviously it's a shock and a big impact on them.

"By the grace of God and help of others, his mother and siblings will come through this, but their grief is still very strong."

Alderman Elizabeth Ingram also knows the Campbell family.

"I was so sorry to hear the awful news," she said.

"This tragedy has cast a shadow over the whole district, as any accident can do.

"I would like to take this opportunity to pass my sympathy to his mother and his family."

Enquiries into the collision are ongoing, police said.

Inspector Lynsey Barr appealed to anyone who was travelling on the Rathfriland Road near Ashtree Cottages on Monday at 4.30pm and who witnessed the collision to contact police in Ardmore on 101.

Mr Campbell was the 32nd person to die on Northern Ireland's roads this year.

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