Roads claim the lives of four people in 24 hours of carnage
Two people have died in a horror crash involving a car and a motorcycle, bringing the death toll on our roads to four in just 24 hours.
The latest accident happened on the Milltown Road in south Belfast near a service station close to the Belvoir estate at about 8pm yesterday evening.
It is believed the car was pulling out of the garage when the bike was in collision with it.
One eyewitness said the impact "sounded like an explosion".
The driver of the car died at the scene, while the motorcyclist was taken to hospital where he later died.
Two passengers in the car, thought to be a Volvo, were said to be "walking wounded" and were also taken to hospital.
One person was later described by the Royal Victoria Hospital as being in a "stable" condition.
Three ambulances and a paramedic rapid response vehicle rushed to the scene and dealt with the casualties.
The road was closed for most of the evening as police investigated the cause of the crash.
The Milltown Road is part of the Belfast outer ring road and is fast and busy, with a 50mph speed limit in parts.
Castlereagh Mayor Jack Beattie said he was shocked to hear of the two deaths.
He said: "I'm very, very sad to hear of this tragedy on what was a beautiful evening.
"My heart goes out to the relatives of the people involved. It's terrible to have something like that coming to your door.
"I don't know how it happened but there seems to be a spike in accidents, whether it's the good weather bringing people out, I don't know, but it's just terrible, terrible and I pray there are no more."
The two latest deaths mark a 24-hour period of carnage on our roads.
The first fatality in this spate of deaths was a motorcyclist killed in a crash in Co Antrim on Monday evening.
Biker Mark McClements (49), from Whitehead in Co Antrim, was killed in a collision with a car on the Larne Road near Carrickfergus.
In the second fatal crash an as yet unnamed woman died in a two-car collision on the Moneymore Road near Magherafelt yesterday morning.
A red Peugot 107 and a white Nissan Qashqai were involved in the incident.
Another female injured in the accident was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
A number of children have also been knocked down in this first week of the summer school holidays.
Last night a six-year-old boy was in a stable condition in a Belfast hospital after being hit by a car in Newtownabbey.
The boy was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast at around 3.20pm.
Last night, a spokeswoman for the Belfast Trust described the boy's condition as "stable".
In Londonderry, a 12-year-old girl was knocked down at the Foyle Road yesterday afternoon.
She was treated at the scene and then transported to Altnagelvin Hospital.
Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Another child was hit by a delivery van in Doagh in Co Antrim on Monday afternoon while riding his bicycle. The 12-year-old was taken to hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening.