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Motorcyclist dies after west side collision

| Written by Shetland News

The road between East Burrafirth and Aith will remain closed on Tuesday. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News The road between East Burrafirth and Aith will remain closed on Tuesday. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News A MOTORCYCLIST has died in hospital after being involved in an accident near Aith on Monday evening.

The B9071 road between Aith and East Burrafirth is to remain closed on Tuesday following the incident, which involved a red Honda CBF 125 motorcycle and a black Mitsubishi Trojan pick-up truck.

The 60 year old male motorcyclist was taken to Lerwick's Gilbert Bain Hospital, but he died from his injuries on Tuesday morning. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

The police, ambulance service and three fire appliances from Brae, Walls and Lerwick attended the scene after receiving reports of the incident after 5pm.

Shetland Islands Council said anyone driving to East Burrafirth will need to travel via Voe, adding that there will be no access to Aith through Voe.

Police Scotland road policing senior investigating officer sergeant Donald MacKinnon said an investigation is underway into the incident.

"Our thoughts are with this man's family at this very sad time," he said.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time in question and saw either vehicle to please get in touch on 101 as we establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.

"The road will remain closed while a collision investigation team carry out enquiries at the scene and I would like to thank the public in advance for their patience."

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