Belfast Telegraph

Father killed in horror motorbike crash in Northern Ireland

By Cate McCurry

A motorcyclist has died following a two-vehicle crash in Co Tyrone.

The man, who was in his 40s, collided with a Hyundai Santa Fe car on the Lough Fea Road in Cookstown on Wednesday evening.

He died from his injuries at the scene at approximately 7.45pm.

The victim, who is understood to be a married father from eastern Europe, is the fourth person to die on our roads so far this year.

Cookstown Council chairman Trevor Wilson said the news was a shock to the local community.

The Ulster Unionist councillor added: "It's a terrible tragedy and unfortunately someone has lost their life in this incident. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this particularly sad time."

Police have appealed for anyone who was travelling on the Lough Fea Road at the time of the collision and who has any information that could assist officers with their enquiries to contact police at the collision investigation unit.

Elsewhere, a man who died following a following a crash in Belfast on Wednesday has been named as Victor Shaw (69), from north Belfast.

Mr Shaw passed away after his Ford Fiesta hit a wall near Roden Street.

Following a 999 call, the Ambulance Service sent two rapid response vehicles, one officer and an A&E crew to the scene.

The authorities were forced to close the Westlink, one of the city's busiest roads, for almost five hours to allow emergency services to clear the wreckage and investigate the cause of the accident.

Diversions remained in place until almost 8pm.

The road reopened later that evening after the crashed vehicle was removed.

Police have appealed to anyone who was travelling on the Westlink around the time and who witnessed the collision to contact them.

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