Belfast Telegraph

Double tragedy at weekend as two motorcyclists die on roads

By John Porter

Two motorcyclists have been killed in separate crashes over the weekend.

On Saturday night, a 44-year-old man was killed in an incident in Bellaghy, Co Londonderry.

The single vehicle collision happened on the Deerpark Road at 8.30pm.

SDLP MLA for Mid-Ulster, 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. We must exercise caution when using the roads in order to reduce tragic accidents of this nature."

On Saturday morning, a man died after a collision involving his motorbike and a car near Cushendun on the Co Antrim coast. The 49-year-old man was seriously injured when his bike hit a Suzuki SX4 car on Loughareema Road just after 10.30pm.

The man was taken to hospital for his injuries. However, despite the best efforts of doctors and medical staff, the man died of his injuries.

The deaths bring to 26 the number of people killed on Northern Ireland roads since the beginning of the year. Police have appealed for information into the latest incidents.

The two deaths come just a few weeks after two motorcyclists died in separate collisions with tractors in Londonderry and Fermanagh.

A 28-year-old man died after his motorcycle was in collision with a tractor on the Baranailt Road, Limavady. And a 44-year-old man died in an accident on the Belfast Road in Co Fermanagh.

According to the DOE, 11% of road deaths in Northern Ireland are motorcyclists. They are 14 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured and seven times more likely to be killed than drivers. This makes motorcyclists one of the most vulnerable groups on our roads.

The trend over the last five years has been one of reducing motorcyclist deaths and serious injuries. In 2011, six motorcyclists were killed on Northern Ireland's roads and 108 were killed or seriously injured.

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