Motorcyclist dies in Bellaghy crash

Published Sunday, 01 June 2014
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A 44-year-old motorcyclist has died in a crash in Bellaghy, Co Londonderry.

Motorcyclist dies in Bellaghy crash
The scene of the first crash at Loughareema Road, near Cushendun. (© UTV)

He is the second motorcyclist to die on Northern Ireland's road this weekend.

The collision happened on Deerpark Road at 8.30pm on Saturday.

There was no other vehicle involved.

The Deerpark Road was closed overnight, but re-opened on Sunday morning.

SDLP MLA for Mid-Ulster Patsy McGlone said: "This latest accident reminds us all of the dangers the roads pose to motorists and motorcyclists alike.

"Twenty-six people have now lost their lives on the roads this year. Every road death is one too many. We must exercise caution when using the roads in order to reduce tragic accidents of this nature."

On Saturday morning, a 49-year-old man died after a collision involving his motorbike and a car near Cushendun, Co Antrim.

It happened on Loughareema Road at around 10.35am.

He was taken to Antrim Area Hospital and died from his injuries.

The road has now re-opened.

Police are appealing for anyone with any information on the crashes to come forward.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Carrickfergus in Carrickfergus wrote (241 days ago):
Very sad iam a biker myself my condolences to both familys
Irvinestown in Irvinestown wrote (241 days ago):
As a motorcyist i an sadened to hear of another fatality on N.I. Roads. I dont know the circumstances of any of the accidents nor am i going to comment but as a motorcyclist for over 20 years i have been in a lot of near miss incidents involving other road users. Eg. Meeting cars on the wrong side of the road. Passing on corners. I was actually taken of my bike by a driver comming around a corner on the wrong side. He knew i fell of but he diidnt stop. I know their is motorcyclists out their speeding and not having due care. But a lot of the time it is drivers pulling out of junctions and not checking twice is the cause of a lot of motorcycle accidents and can be avoided. Remember a pair of gloves a helmet and jacket is no protection compared to a car. THINK MOTORCYCLE.
Harold in Jersey. wrote (241 days ago):
very very sad for the family-on the positive side death is a big sleep-but the sleeping awake.
Mark jones in Ballyclare wrote (242 days ago):
As a bike rider for over 34 years it still saddens me the number of motorcyclists that die on our roads each year. My thoughts are with both families at this tragic time.
Stephen in Belfast. wrote (242 days ago):
As a motorbiker myself not good to hear. R.i.p lads thoughts or with ur friends and familys.
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