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A motorcyclist was killed and a second biker left with potentially life-changing injuries after a horrifying accident with a tractor and trailer.

The collision brings to 77 the number of people killed on our roads this year, two more than for the same period in 2019.

That is despite the three-month lockdown because of Covid-19 when traffic was drastically reduced.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the accident at 5pm on Saturday on the N74 at Moatequarter, Kilfeacle, Tipperary.

Desperate

The collision between the two motorcycles and tractor and trailer left a 25-year-old motorcyclist with critical injuries.

Gardai, fire brigade units and paramedics were at the scene in minutes.

Despite desperate efforts to stabilise the condition of the biker, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was later transferred to University Hospital Waterford, where a postmortem examination is to be carried out.

The second biker, a man aged 33, suffered serious injuries and was treated at the scene before being rushed to University Hospital Limerick.

There are fears his injuries could be life changing.

The 21-year-old tractor driver was uninjured but treated at the scene for shock.

A full examination of the roadway was conducted by forensic experts.

Gardai have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision or who travelled the route on Saturday evening and may have dash-cam footage to contact them at Tipperary Garda Station on (062) 80670 or the Garda Confidential Line (1800) 666111.

Of the 77 people killed on Irish roads this year, 31 were drivers, 19 were pedestrians, 13 were passengers, 10 were motorcyclists and four were pedal cyclists.

The rate of traffic fatalities has prompted both the Road Safety Authority and gardai to plead for greater care to be taken.

Safety chiefs are baffled at accident rates, given that normal traffic volumes have been massively reduced by the closure of schools, colleges and child-care facilities.

Tens of thousands of workers have also been working from home because of the coronavirus crisis.

However, the Covid-19 lockdown has reduced the rate of the increase in road deaths from 20pc before March 12.