Antrim Council worker dies in bike tragedy

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A man whose motorcycle is thought to have collided with a telegraph pole in Crumlin on Monday has died.

The 37-year-old, identified by police as Alan Kelso from the Antrim area, was travelling on the Dungonnell Road when the accident occurred. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw the silver Honda on the Dungonnell Road prior to the collision to contact them.

SDLP councillor Thomas Burns knew the victim – who worked for Antrim council – and said the community was “stunned” by the tragedy.

“Alan was very well known in the community and worked in the council’s civic amenity site. He was always extremely helpful to everyone who used the Council facility. He was a very friendly man, and always appeared happy.

“The whole community is stunned and shocked at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time,” Cllr Burns said.

Alliance councillor Alan Lawther has also expressed his condolences following the tragedy.

“I was saddened to hear that another life had been lost on our roads. I would like to express my condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues. This must be an extremely difficult time for them,” he said.

“We must do more to improve road safety and reduce the number of lives that are lost on our roads. Even one death on our roads is one too many. I would urge all road users to take extra caution when out on the road.”