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The scene of the fatal incident

The scene of the fatal incident

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The scene of the fatal incident

A motorcyclist has died following a collision in Newry.

The man, aged 66, was killed after his machine was involved in a crash with a Land Rover Discovery SUV near the centre of the city yesterday.

It's believed the Land Rover was towing a caravan at the time the incident took place.

Emergency crews raced to the scene at the Warrenpoint Road, but were unable to save the rider's life.

Newry's Warrenpoint Road remained closed last night from the junction of William Street and Kilmorey Street to the Greenbank roundabout while police began their investigation into the cause of the fatal collision.

Diversions were in place while the busy main road remained closed.

SDLP councillor Gary Stokes, who lives near the crash scene, said the place where the fatality occurred is a very busy single carriageway road which is bordered by businesses and terraced housing.

"It's just a tragedy. I saw the helicopter hovering over the scene earlier," he said.

"It's very sad."

The death brings to 34 the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads in 2017.

Six of them were motorcyclists.

In the same period in 2016, 38 people had died on our roads.

Anyone with information about yesterday's tragedy is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 664 of 13/08/17.

Belfast Telegraph