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Motorcyclist dies in crash

A motorcyclist was fatally injured yesterday in a crash on the outskirts of Belfast.

The 41-year-old man died after his bike was involved in a collision with a car and van on the Crumlin Road.

No-one else was injured in the incident on the Horseshoe bend around 1pm.

North Belfast Councillor Nichola Mallon has expressed her condolences to the man’s family.

“This is a tragic accident and I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family of the man whose life was claimed by this crash,” said the SDLP representative.

“It is not the first time that a fatal motorbike accident has occurred in this area and is a sad reminder of the dangers which are ever present on our roads.”

A total of 115 people were killed on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2009. This is eight people more than in 2008.

Of the total number of road deaths, 16 were motorcyclists.

The total number of injury road traffic collisions last year rose by 38 (+0.6%) compared with the previous year and the number of persons injured increased by 204 (+2.2%).

Belfast Telegraph