Community sadness as Magherafelt crash victim named Ainslie Gordon

A man in his 40s who was killed in an accident in Magherafelt on Tuesday night has been named locally as Cookstown man Ainslie Gordon.

The father of two children Tyrone Company traveled on a motorcycle collided with a tractor on the road to Aughrim near Magherafelt.

A former member of the Sons of William Flute Band in Cooktown the group said the news of the 49-year-old’s death was “devastating”.

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“Absolutely devastating news. Ainsley was a former member of our band and a dear friend to many of our members,” the band said in a post.

“He is also an uncle to our valued member, Graeme Robinson, and a great-uncle to Bobbi.

“We hope the family find comfort in the difficult days, weeks and months ahead.”

Cookstown UUP Councilor Trevor Wilson said Ainslie’s death came as a shock to everyone in the local community.

“This is a tragic loss for our community and my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time,” said Cllr Wilson.

Mid Ulster SDLP MP Patsy McGlone also offered her condolences to the family.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who was killed on Aughrim road last night. I can only imagine the pain they are going through after losing a loved one in such unexpected and devastating circumstances and they have my deepest condolences,” McGlone said.

“The Aughrim road is a main route to Magherafelt which is used by large numbers of people every day and this incident will come as a shock to the local community who will no doubt express their deepest condolences to the relatives of the man who was tragically killed.”

The PSNI continues to appeal for more information about the crash.

“Police can confirm that the man who died in a road accident outside Magherafelt was Ainslie Gordon, 49, of Cookstown,” a spokesman said.

“Mr Gordon died in hospital from his injuries following the traffic accident on Aughrim Road, Magherafelt on Tuesday evening June 7.

“The collision, involving a red Massey Ferguson tractor and a black Triumph Daytona motorcycle, occurred shortly after 8.30pm.

“Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, including any other motorcyclists seen in the area at the time, or who have dash cam footage that may assist officers in their investigations to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting the reference number 1977 07/06/22.”

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