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Motorcyclist killed in crash: Third biker killed on Northern Ireland's roads in days

A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash in Co Down - the third biker killed on Northern Ireland's roads in days.

The 36-year-old man died after his bike crashed into a white BMW car in the Deerpark Road area of Portaferry on Tuesday afternoon.

The smash happened at around 2.10pm.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.

The latest death comes after two were motorcyclists were 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.

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