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Motorcyclist dies after Warrenpoint Road collision

A 66-year-old motorcyclist has died following a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred on the Warrenpoint Road in Newry yesterday afternoon (Sunday, 13 August). The man was the driver of a motorcycle involved in the collision with a Landrover Discovery which was towing a caravan shortly before 12.30 pm. It is understood the man was part of a group of motorcyclists from England who were in the area for the weekend. An eye-witness claimed the motorcylist lost his balance, ending up under the vehicle before being hit by the caravan the jeep was towing. A member of the public who came across the crash scene is believed to have performed CPR on the man before emergency crews arrived. The victim was airlifted by police helicopter to hospital in Belfast where he was pronounced dead. The Warrenpoint Road remained closed from the junction of William Street and Kilmorey Street to the Greenbank roundabout for most of Sunday afternoon and evening while police conducted their investigation into the cause of the collision. SDLP councillor Pete Byrne comment: ‘I would like to offer my deepest heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends following this tragic news, any death on our roads is one too many. The police have appealed to any witnesses to come forward and I would encourage anyone with any information to do so. I’d also like to commend the emergency services including air ambulance who attended the scene.’ Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 664 of 13/08/17.