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Motorcyclist is killed on Lisburn's Knockmore Road as roads death toll rises to 71

By Nevin Farrell

A motorcyclist has died and another was fighting for his life in hospital last night as the death toll on Northern Ireland's roads climbed to 71.

A man in his 20s, whose name and address had not been released by police, was killed after a collision between his motorbike and a silver Hyundai Coupe car.

It happened at Lisburn's Knockmore Road on Saturday at 7.50am close to the junction with Causeway End Road.

The man who was driving the car was taken to hospital for treatment. However his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Local residents took to social media to express their concerns about safety on the Knockmore Road.

Writing on the PSNI Lisburn Facebook page, Elaine Rush said: "I feel I take my life in my hands every morning trying to get to work."

Karen Corry said: "I refuse to use this junction now to get on to the Knockmore Road. Something needs to change before another fatal accident occurs."

Meanwhile, Helen Hanratty wrote: "It's not the first time there's been a serious accident here. We've written letters to DRD Roads Service over the years and so disappointed that nothing has changed at this dangerous junction. Lights, a roundabout, anything to save another life."

Another motorcyclist was last night critically ill after his Kawasaki motorcycle was in a collision with a car between Lisbellaw and Tamlaght at 4.50pm on Saturday.

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