Motorcyclist killed in tragedy was father of two

Neil Walker

Neil Walker

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Police this afternoon named the motorcyclist who was killed in an accident near Bulgham rocks yesterday.

He was Neil Walker, a 43-year-old father of two from Ramsey.

Mr Walker was well known through his work as a joiner and as a retained fireman.

Chief fire officer Kevin Groom said the incident was devastating and a tragedy.

‘He was a truly professional firefighter who had served at Ramsey fire station for over 22 years,’ he said.

‘On behalf of all staff of the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue I send sincere condolences to his wife, children, family and friends at this sad and difficult time.’

Power had to be turned off and minibuses laid on to transport stranded tram passengers when debris from yesterday’s accident near Bulgham rocks landed on the MER lines.

Police were already on the Laxey coast road just minutes away from the accident, which happened soon after midday.

Sergeant Andy Kneen from Ramsey police station said the power had to be cut as a precaution, bringing some trams to a halt in mid trip.

He added the message had got out quickly and drivers had responded well using the diversion which was quickly put in place using the Ballaragh road from Minorca crossroads through to Dhoon.

The coast road reopened at 5.45pm once accident investigations were complete.

Police from Douglas roads policing unit and from Ramsey were joined at the accident scene by an ambulance and a paramedic response car. A fire engine with a lifting platform was used later so accident investigators could photograph the scene from above using the aerial platform.

Department of Infrastructure vehicle testers were also at the scene to examine the vehicles involved - a Kawasaki motorcycle and a silver VW Golf.

The driver of the Golf was treated in hospital for a minor head injury but later released. His two passengers were shaken but uninjured.

Though a number of witnesses were spoken to at the scene, police have appealed for anyone else with information to contact them on 631212

The accident was one of two which occurred within hours of each other on Wednesday afternoon.

The other saw a driver being cut from his car after it ran off the road near the Liverpool Arms.

Click here to read our initial report about the tragedy

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