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Motorcyclist killed in Donegal crash - Irish Open traffic diverted

A motorcyclist has died after his bike was involved in a crash with a car on the main Buncrana to Derry road in Co Donegal.

It happened at around 5.30pm at Castleforward on the Burnfoot to Buncrana road.

The man, who was aged in his 50s, was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital but despite the efforts of medics was pronounced dead a short time later.

The driver of the car was uninjured.

Gardai closed the road for investigations, which caused delays for those leaving the Irish Open course at Ballyliffen. They are appealing for witnesses to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 00 353 74-9320540, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 00353 800 666 111 or any at garda station.

Motorists were diverted through Carndonagh, Muff and Quigley's Point.

The road is expected to remain closed until around midday on Thursday.

All traffic will be diverted at Bridgend (19th Hole Pub) via R 239 to Birdstown to the Eastern corridor via Muff, Quigley’s Point to Carndonagh and onto Ballyliffin. There is no disruption to traffic travelling from Buncrana to the event.

Motorists travelling from Derry are advised to travel via the Culmore Road (A2 Route) northbound to Muff village to join the R 238 to Quigley’s Point and R240 to Carndonagh to approach Ballyliffin where Gardaí and Irish Open Stewarts will direct traffic to car parking facilities.

Motorists are strongly advised to allow extra time for their journey to Ballyliffin in the morning, listen to local media broadcasts and news bulletins which will provide the latest and up to date traffic flow information. It is hoped that there will be minimum disruption to traffic travelling to the event.

An Garda Siochána have deployed additional resources to ensure minimum level of disruption and would request that motorists co-operate and comply with directions given.

The public are advised that the peak travel times will be from 06.30hrs to 9.30am & 12.30hrs to 14.30hrs and egress traffic peak is from 16.30hrs to 19.00hrs daily.

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