A59 safety call as tributes pour in after Darwen dad’s motorcycle death
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A59 safety call as tributes pour in after Darwen dad’s motorcycle death

TRIBUTES have been paid to a father-of-two killed at an accident blackspot.

Darwen man Ronald Birch, known as Ronnie to his friends and family, died on the A59 when his motorbike collided with a lorry near Sawley.

Today a council leader called for a probe into making the road safer.

An air ambulance was called to help the 39-year-old, but he died at the scene, police said.

The accident happened opposite the Dunbia abattoir. Both vehicles had been travelling towards Gisburn when the crash happened.

Numerous calls have been made for increased safety measures on the stretch of road, between Sawley and Gisburn, because of the high number of serious accidents there.

Yesterday tributes were posted to the latest victim on the Lancashire Telegraph website and Facebook .

One said: “Ronnie, you were a good man and didn’t deserve this. I only knew you for a short while…………… continues on This Is Lancashire

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Maine motorcycle death total up
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Safety Department says the number of motorcycle deaths on the state’s highways is outpacing last year’s figure.

The state’s highway death toll so far this year stands at 120, with 20 of those deaths being motorcyclists.

At this time last year, the motorcycle fatal count was 12, and officials say there’s still more than a month left of decent motorcycle riding in the state.

Three people were killed during the past week in car crashes in Maine.

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