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Roads: Cyclist killed in Lisburn and pensioner hit by car in Bangor

By Lesley Houston

A cyclist has died after being fatally injured in an accident at a "dangerous black spot" involving a lorry in Co Antrim.

The man, aged in his 40s, died at the scene following the incident in Lisburn just after 2pm yesterday.

His death on the Knockmore Road marks the first cyclist to be killed on Northern Ireland's roads this year.

The man is thought to be a foreign migrant who had been cycling to work at a local factory when the incident occurred.

Witnesses reported that the man was knocked off his bike close to the junction with the Ballinderry Road at around 2.25pm.

Lagan Valley MLA Paul Given said he is outraged that the outcome "may have been very different today" if planned road improvements had been carried out.

"I have had three ministerial meetings about this junction in the past few years about this very dangerous junction," he said.

"That junction is one that should have been upgraded years ago, but because of a dispute between Roads Service and the planning service, it hasn't been, it's a hugely dangerous road.

"I find it outrageous and deeply upsetting."

He said that one of the planning conditions for recent housing developments was the improvement to a number of roads, including the scene of the accident.

He added that just two weeks ago he held a meeting to raise the dangers of the road.

"There is a dispute over the standard of the improvements to the junction," he added, blaming a "lengthy, bureaucratic" wrangle for lack of action.

Meanwhile, an woman pedestrian in her 80s was hit by a car in Main Street Bangor at around 2.30pm yesterday.

She was said to be in a stable condition in hospital last night.

Earlier in Co Antrim, a number of people were involved in a three-car pile up on the A26 Moira Road in Crumlin.

Two male drivers were taken to hospital for treatment following the incident shortly after 9am.

The driver in the third car was uninjured.

Neither of those hurt are understood to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

In Co Down, motorists escaped injury in a road traffic collision on the southbound lane of the A1 in Dromore.

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