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Cyclist dies after collision with lorry in Co Down: Northern Ireland road death toll rises to 70

By Claire Williamson

A male cyclist has died following a serious crash with a lorry.

It happened this morning on the A1 between Dromore and Hillsborough in Co Down at around 6.50am.

The A1 was closed in both directions and has now re-opened.

The man had been fighting for his life in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Police are advising motorists to drive with caution due to hazardous driving conditions following heavy rain overnight.

Area Commander for Lisburn Chief Inspector John Wilson said: “There is also problems of flooding and an oil spill on the A1 this morning so this will contribute to delays in the area and motorists are advised to avoid the road if possible.

"Drivers should exercise caution and adjust their driving to suit the prevailing conditions. Wet roads and bad weather obviously make driving more difficult and motorists should drive according to the road conditions to stay safe.

"Slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. It takes longer to stop on a wet road than a dry road so extra care is needed."

Alliance Lagan Valley MLA, Trevor Lunn said he was "saddened" at another life lost on the roads.

He said: "I would like to express my condolences to this man’s family and friends. This will undoubtedly be a very difficult time for them. It’s the second tragic road fatality in 24 hours.

“He was the 70th person to be killed on our roads this year. We must do more to promote road safety and ensure that no more lives are lost on our roads.

“It is incumbent on all road users to exercise extreme care when out on the road and to be vigilant for others. Pedestrians and cyclists are particularly vulnerable at this time of the year.”

It comes one day after eight-year-old Adam Gilmour died after he,  his young siblings and their mother were struck by a car as they walked to school in Cloughmills, Co Antrim.

The cyclist's death brings the total death toll on Northern Ireland's roads this year to 70.

Police are also appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them on 101.

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