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Motorcyclist killed in collision in Co Down

Police at the scene of the accident on the Castleward Road
Police at the scene of the accident on the Castleward Road

By David Young

A three-vehicle crash in Co Down claimed the life of a man in his 60s yesterday morning.

The victim died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision on the Castleward Road in Strangford.

The PSNI said: "Shortly after 11.30am it was reported that a motorcycle, a Renault Clio and a Nissan Qashqai were involved in the incident."

It's believed that it was the motorcyclist who died as a result of the crash.

The victim has not yet been named by the authorities. He was the 17th person to die on Northern Ireland's roads this year.

Local independent councillor Cadogan Enright said the scene of yesterday's collision was an accident blackspot.

"It's a very dangerous section of road," he said.

"There have been multiple accidents there, with several people killed over the past few years.

"The road needs to be upgraded.

"It's a tragedy waiting to happen.

"This won't be the last time someone is killed there.

"It's a constant nightmare."

Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie, who lives in the area, said: "My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved.

"My deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of the gentleman who lost his life today in such tragic circumstances."

Castleward Road in Strangford was closed between Bannaghan Road and Churchtown Road for a time yesterday as officers carried out their investigations. It has since reopened.

Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dash cam footage to contact them on 101.

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