Tributes paid to council worker killed in RTC

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Tributes have been paid to an Antrim Council employee, who died following a road accident last week.

Thirty-seven-year-old Alan Kelso was killed in a motorcycle accident in Crumlin on Monday morning.

The fatal collision happened on the Dungonnell Road as Mr Kelso made his way to work at the council’s recycling facility in the town.

Councillors held a minute’s silence at Thursday’s Environment and Borough Services Committee and expressed condolences to the Kelso family.

Councillor Adrian Watson, chair of the meeting, said he had lived beside Mr Kelso and his family.

“I lived beside him for almost 10 years and watched him grow up, he would have been 10 years younger,” Cllr. Watson said.

He added that councillors and council staff had visited the family, adding: “It is a very sad househould but they are taking some comfort from expressions left of Facebook from people with nothing but good things to say about Alan.”

Condolences were also expressed following the news of Mr Kelso’s death by councillors Alan Lawther and Thomas Burns.

“I was saddened to hear that another life had been lost on our roads. I would like to express my condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues. This must be an extremely difficult time for them,” Cllr. Lawther said.

He added: “We must do more to improve road safety and reduce the number of lives that are lost on our roads. Even one death on our roads is one too many.

“I would urge all road users to take extra caution when out on the road.”

Cllr. Burns ksaid the community was “stunned” by the tragedy.

“Alan was very well known in the community and worked in the Council’s civic amenity site. He was always extremely helpful to everyone who used the council facility. He was a very friendly man, and always appeared happy,” Cllr. Burns said.

He added: “The whole community is stunned and shocked at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time.”

No other vehicles were involved in the collision and police have appealed to any witnesses, or anyone who noticed Mr Kelso’s silver Honda motorcycle travelling on the Dungonnell Road prior to the crash, to contact them on the new non-emergency number 101.

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