14 Aug 2022

Motorcyclist dies following collision with tractor in County Derry

The road remains closed this morning.

Motorcyclist dies following collision with tractor in County Derry

A motorcyclist 40s has died as a result of a serious road traffic collision involving a tractor in County Derry last night.

"Police can confirm that a man in his 40s has died following a road traffic collision on the Aughrim Road, Magherafelt on Tuesday, 7th June," said a spokesperson.

"The collision, involving a red Massey Ferguson tractor and a black Triumph Daytona motorbike, occurred shortly after 8.30pm on Tuesday evening.

"The man, who was on the motorbike, was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

"The Aughrim Road, between the Killyneese Road and the bypass roundabout, remains closed at this time while enquiries into the collision are conducted.

"Sergeant Amanda McIvor has appealed to anyone who witnessed the collision, including another motorcyclist seen in the area at the time, or who has dash-cam footage which could assist officers with their enquiries to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting reference number 1977 07/06/22."

Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone offered his condolences to the family.

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of the man killed on the Aughrim Road last night," he said.

"I can only imagine the pain they are going through after losing a loved one in such unexpected and devastating circumstances and they have my deepest condolences.

“The Aughrim Road is a major road into Magherafelt that is used by vast numbers of people every day and this incident will be a shock to the local community who will no doubt extend their deepest sympathies to the relatives of the man who was tragically killed.

“I’d encourage anyone with any information or dashcam footage of this crash to come forward to police as soon as possible and assist them with their investigation.”

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