Motorcyclist ‘critical’ following Co Down collision
A motorcyclist is in a critical condition in hospital following a single vehicle collision in Co Down on Sunday morning.
The Blackstaff Road near Clough was closed in both directions for several hours after the injured 40-year-old male rider was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in the air ambulance.
The road is well-known as the route to Tyrella Beach from the Co Down village.
A PSNI spokesman said: “The Blackstaff Road near Clough, Co Down, has been closed in both directions following a serious one vehicle road traffic collision.
“Local diversions are in place. There are no further details at present.”
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Ulster Unionist councillor Alan Lewis has praised the air ambulance for its quick response, and also highlighted previous concerns over road safety.
“I am advised that there was a single person collision this morning on the Blackstaff Road, just outside the village of Clough.
“There has long been safety concerns regarding this rural road, I have sought to have them addressed and will continue to have them addressed with both DFI and police.”
“I’m told that a male motorcyclist has been air lifted to hospital. I pray that he makes a quick and full recovery.
“I also pass on the best wishes of local residents, any news of a crash within the area is never pleasant, our thoughts are with him at this time.
“Again we are reminded what a wonderful community asset that the air ambulance is, quick efficient and available within minutes, a vital piece of live saving equipment “
Around 3pm, a police spokeswoman said: “A 40-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a fence on Blackstaff Road in Clough at around 8.10am this morning, Sunday, 20 June.
“The road was closed for a time but has since reopened.
“Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police by calling 101, quoting reference 697 20/06/21.”