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Motorcyclist dies and woman seriously injured in Tandragee Road crash

Appeal for witnesses after Saturday night's collision

Police accident

A motorcyclist in his 40s has died after a road traffic collision on the Tandragee Road, Newry, on Saturday night.

The collision involving the motorcycle and another vehicle occurred close to the junction of Appletree Hill and was reported to police shortly after 7pm.

The female pillion passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The road was closed and diversions put in place as emergency services attended the scene. It later reopened to traffic during the early hours of today (Sunday) morning.

Inspector Leslie Badger is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Tandragee Road and who witnessed the collision to contact local officers in Newry or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 1277 of 30/09/17.

Newry and Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin spoken of his concern after the latest tragedy in the constituency.

Mr Irwin said: “This is a an awful tragedy and here we have yet another family plunged into grief due to a fatality on our roads.

“My sympathies are with the family circle of the deceased gentleman and I hope and pray that the female pillion passenger recovers from her injuries.

“It really is such a terrible tragedy and brings again into sharp focus the very real dangers on our roads.

“I would echo calls by police for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the PSNI and assist with their inquiries.”

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