Belfast Telegraph

Two men die in hospital from injuries after being hurt in road accidents

By Adrian Rutherford

Two more people have lost their lives as a result of accidents on Northern Ireland's roads.

The men died in hospital from injuries sustained in separate crashes in counties Antrim and Fermanagh.

So far this year 73 people have been killed on our roads.

That is 20 more than for the whole of last year and the highest since 2009, when 115 people died.

Motorcyclist Brian Lynch passed away from injuries suffered in a road traffic collision on the A4 between Lisbellaw and Tamlaght in Fermanagh last weekend. The 48-year-old was from the Enniskillen area.

The collision involving a black Kawasaki motorcycle and a blue Vauxhall Vectra occurred shortly before 4.50pm on Saturday. It is understood the crash happened during an overtaking manoeuvre.

Mr Lynch was taken to the Erne Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Victoria in Belfast, but died yesterday.

In the second incident, a 66-year-old Lisburn man injured in a collision last month has passed away in hospital.

Ian Bailie, who was from Back Road, was injured on the Old Ballynahinch Road on October 28.

The PSNI's area commander for Lisburn, Chief Inspector John Wilson, said: "This brings the total number of road deaths in the Lisburn area to seven, which is six more than this time last year.

"My message to all road users is to please take care and be mindful of road conditions, stay within the speed limit and be safe, not just for yourself, but for others."

Separately, the Hannahstown Road in Belfast was shut at its junction with the Upper Springfield Road and the Ballycolin Road due to a one-vehicle road traffic collision yesterday.

Earlier this week it was revealed that paramedics have responded to 3,600 crashes so far this year.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: "As recent tragedies have sadly reminded us, road safety is an all-year round challenge for every single road user.

"Collectively, the ability to reduce road casualties lies with each of us. We all have a personal responsibility; to ourselves, to other road users and to all of our families and communities."

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