Warning after two motorcycle deaths

Published Saturday, 19 April 2014
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Two motorcyclists have died following separate crashes this weekend.

Warning after two motorcycle deaths
Police are investigating the fatal crash. (© Pacemaker)

Police confirmed a 28-year-old man died on the Baranailt Road in Limavady on Saturday afternoon following a collision with a tractor and trailer.

The tractor driver was not hurt but two men in their 20s, who were travelling in a second motorcycle also involved in the crash, were taken to hospital with injuries that aren't life threatening.

The Baranailt Road remains closed at this time.

It comes after 44-year-old Richard Brown, from the Lisbellaw area, died when his bike crashed with a tractor on the A4 Belfast Road in Fivemiletown at 8.15pm on Friday night.

The driver of the tractor was not injured in the collision and the road has reopened between Fivemiletown and Brookeborough following the incident.

A total of 20 people have now lost their lives this year on Northern Ireland's roads and police have issued an appeal for people to slow down and stay safe over the Easter period.

T/Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: "Everyone must take into account increased traffic levels over the holiday period and heed the road safety message.

"We will enforce the law to make NI's roads safer, but our role is very much secondary. All road users have a role to play in preventing deaths and injuries on our roads.

"All we ask is that drivers slow down, do not drive after drinking or taking drugs, wear a seatbelt and drive with greater care and attention."

Anyone who witnessed either crash has been asked to contact the PSNI.

© UTV News
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2 Comments
Sean in Big smoke wrote (154 days ago):
Tractors need to have flashing lights on all the time
MJ in Downpatrick wrote (155 days ago):
Thoughts with the families concerned. Tractors on rural roads are a huge hazard for those of us who ride. Everyone please be bike aware at this time of year.
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