Motorbike rider killed in horrific smash with car
A motorcyclist has died and another man has been seriously injured in a road accident in Co Down.
A 45-year-old man lost his life yesterday following the crash between a motorbike and a car at the junction of the Magheraknock Road and Creevytennant Road in Ballynahinch.
He is the fifth motorbike rider to die on Northern Ireland's roads this year.
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "NIAS sent a Rapid Response Paramedic and a A&E crew to the scene and they arrived in six minutes.
"Unfortunately one person was dead at the scene and another patient who was in the car had to be cut out before being transported to the Royal Victoria Hospital."
It is understood the man is receiving treatment to leg injuries he sustained in the horrific smash.
Last night, a spokesman for the Belfast Trust said the man's injuries were not life threatening and described his condition as "stable".
Motorists faced delays in the area, as sections of the road were closed for much of yesterday afternoon and they had to seek alternative routes.
One man told the Belfast Telegraph that traffic became congested very quickly following the accident.
"That main road is very undulating and quite a dangerous road," he said.
"All the roads off it are quite small country roads, so when traffic was diverted off the main road we tried to get round it by going down what was almost a single track road and then became hopelessly stuck.
"It was a minor inconvenience for the rest of us but obviously a very tragic incident."
Detectives in Lisburn are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to get in touch.
The Mayor of Lisburn, Brian Heading, said his thoughts were with everyone involved.
"It's very sad that a young man has died while out on his motorbike on a Sunday afternoon," he said.
"It's a real tragedy that another person has lost his life on our roads this year."
Jonathan Craig MLA said: "I express my heartfelt condolences to the family of the road victim who died on the Magheraknock Road in my constituency.
"One death on our roads is one too many and it saddens me when we hear news of yet another death."
The policing board member and DUP representative in Lagan Valley added: "Road deaths have been decreasing in recent years but there is always the fear that it will rise once again.
"I appeal for any information which may be of use to the PSNI as they conduct an investigation to bring it forward.
"This death is the second on our roads this week alone."
So far this year 36 people have died on Northern Ireland's roads.