Motorcyclist killed in weekend crash

Borders roads are popular with motorcyclists. Photograph: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL
Borders roads are popular with motorcyclists. Photograph: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL
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A 60-year-old man became the latest motorcycling fatality on local roads after he collided with a car on the St Boswells road at the weekend.

John Southern, from Blyth in Northumberland, was riding with a large group of bikers when the crash occurred on Sunday afternoon, on bends just past the Lindean junction.

Mr Southern was taken by helicopter from the scene to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he passed away during the night as a result of his injuries.

The driver of a Seat Leon car and two passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to the BGH for treatment.

The collision occurred between Mr Southern’s Triumph Tiger bike and the car at around 4.30pm, with the road closed for seven hours to allow crash investigation work and for a fuel spill to be cleaned up.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

The roads around Selkirk are popular amongst bikers, particularly in the summer months.

However, the popularity of the roads has also resulted in a high number of fatal accidents amongst motorcyclists.

The A708 around St Mary’s Loch has been the most dangerous stretch of road for bikers in the Borders.

In the eight years between 2002 and 2010, five bikers lost their lives after crashes on a short stretch of the route.

Kelso man Michael Bates, 47, was killed after his motorbike struck a tractor in Cumbria, also on Sunday afternoon.