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Cyclist killed in A1 lorry crash named

By Joanne Fleming

A cyclist killed on the main Belfast to Dublin A1 was John Flynn, who worked for the Belfast Telegraph as an engineer.

He died following a collision with a lorry on the citybound side of the dual carriageway between Dromore and Hillsborough shortly before 7am.

Mr Flynn was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in a critical condition but died later.

Police indicated that the A1 had problems with flooding and an oil spill yesterday morning and are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact them.

Ulster Unionist MLA, Jo-Anne Dobson, said she was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the latest fatality.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the cyclist at this terrible time," she said.

"Sadly there have been a number of fatalities on our roads over recent days, and I would appeal to all road users to take care at all times.

Alliance Lagan Valley MLA Trevor Lunn, said pedestrians and cyclists were particularly vulnerable at this time of the year and appealed for road users to take care.

"I was very saddened to learn that another life has been lost on our roads," he said.

"I would like to express my condolences to this man's family and friends.

"This will undoubtedly be a very difficult time for them. It's the second tragic road fatality in 24 hours.

"He was the 70th person to be killed on our roads this year.

Local DUP councillor Mark Baxter said Roads Service needed to look at the safety of that stretch of road after a number of deaths.

"The A1 is the second busiest road in the whole of Ireland and because it is a carriageway it can be quite dangerous," he said.

"It certainly needs looked at by the Department of Regional Development."

UUP councillor John Hanna said the fatality was more heartbreaking news for another family.

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