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Road horror as motorcyclist dies in collision with lorry in Co Antrim

By Nevin Farrell

A male motorcyclist has died in east Antrim following a collision between his motorbike and a lorry close to Ballycarry between Larne and Carrickfergus.

The biker, whose age or name have not been released by police, died following a collision around midday on the Larne Road.

Debris could be seen scattered on the road and an ambulance and police were at the scene.

It is the third road tragedy this year and follows the death of an 84-year-old man following a collision in the Mallusk area on the first weekend of the year and the death of a 58-year-old female pedestrian from the Omagh area who died a day when she was hit by a vehicle near a school in the town.

A PSNI spokeswoman said yesterday: "A male motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision on the Larne Road, Ballycarry. The collision occurred shortly after midday and involved a motorcycle and a lorry."

PSNI Inspector David Anderson said: "I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who was travelling on the Larne Road to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Steeple Police Station or local police at Larne on the non-emergency 101 number".

Larne Ulster Unionist councillor Mark McKinty, who lives close to the accident scene, said: "I would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to those involved.

"My thoughts and prayers are with grieving friends and families at this time." The PSNI has issued warnings for drivers to take care on treacherous roads because of snow and ice in parts of Northern Ireland.

Police said road conditions were dangerous in areas like Londonderry, Strabane, Omagh and Dromore.

Gale force winds are now expected to lead to further difficult driving conditions.

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