Belfast Telegraph

Motorcylists die in a weekend of tragedy on roads

By Amanda Poole

Two motorcyclists have been killed in separate crashes and a spectator has been seriously injured at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Fans enjoying the action at the Dundrod road race were left shocked by a collision involving a competitor and two spectators, which left one of them in a critical condition in hospital.

English rider David Hewson lost control of his motorcycle during the opening ‘superstock’ race on Saturday afternoon.

It is understood Hewson and one of the spectators are in a stable condition in hospital.

However, yesterday the second spectator’s condition deteriorated and was last night described as critical.

Clerk of the course Noel Johnston said: “We regret this incident took place and of course our thoughts are with the families of the injured. We are investigating to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

So far this year, 34 people have lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads and at the weekend they claimed the life of another motorcyclist.

A 46-year-old man died following a collision with a car in Portglenone on Saturday night. It happened shortly after 8pm on the Mayogall Road when the rider’s red Yamaha YZFR1 motorbike collided with a blue Volkswagen Golf.

The male driver of the car and his female passenger were taken to hospital where their injuries are serious but not thought to be life-threatening. Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them at |Magherafelt.

Magherafelt councillor George Shiels said: “This is a very sad and tragic event. My thoughts go out to the family of the deceased and those injured.

“It seems in times of good weather we see an increase in fatalities of motorcyclists. Everyone needs to remember to take care on the roads and be as aware of each other as possible.”

Another motorcyclist, Paul Keag (39) from Belfast died in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday after a collision with a car.

The incident happened at around 5.45pm on the A82, about two miles north of Drumnadrochit, near Loch Ness.

Mr Keag was pronounced dead at the scene and the road was closed for a number of hours while a police investigation into the cause of the fatal crash took place.

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