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Disabled man and motorcyclist are killed in separate collisions

By Claire Williamson

A pensioner on a mobility scooter and a motorcyclist have died within an hour of each other in two separate collisions on Northern Ireland's roads.

A 68-year-old man who was killed after three vehicles collided in the Windsor Hill area of Newry yesterday was Wilfred Vaughan Chambers from the city.

It is understood Mr Chambers was using a mobility scooter when the accident happened at around 3pm.

In a separate crash, a motorcyclist became the third biker to be killed on Northern Ireland's roads since the weekend.

The 36-year-old man died after his machine crashed into a white BMW car in the Deerpark Road area of Portaferry on Tuesday at around 2.10pm.

Deputy mayor of Newry David Taylor knew Mr Chambers, who he described as a "gentleman".

Mr Chambers was the caretaker in Newry High School for many years and was also involved in coaching local youth football clubs.

Mr Taylor said he had played in Mr Chambers' squads over the years.

He said: "He was a gentleman. He was very good to us as a football coach and was well thought of by many and anyone who would have come in to contact with him."

SDLP councillor John McArdle paid tribute to Mr Chambers, who he said was a "wonderful man".

"He was a great community man.

"In particular, he did a lot for the youth," he said.

"My condolences go out to his family because he was a very decent, civil man who was well-liked by all."

One man remained in hospital last night after the collision. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Meanwhile, police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash in Portaferry in which the motorcyclist died to come forward.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone offered his sympathies to the family involved.

He said: "This latest accident reminds us all of the dangers the roads pose to motorists and motorcyclists alike. Every road death is one too many."

Alliance councillor Kellie Armstrong said: "Having lost a family member in a road accident in recent times, it's another devastating blow for road-users commuting up and down the peninsula. The place where it happened is a tight corner, and unfortunately whatever has happened has resulted in the loss of a young person's life."

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