Motorcyclist dead and one hurt hours into safety campaign

Powys crash Image copyright Dyfed-Powys Police
Image caption The road was closed as police investigated the fatal A4067 crash

A motorcyclist has died and another injured in separate crashes within hours of a safety campaign launch.

Police said a male biker was killed in a crash on the A4067 between Pen-y-Cae and the Cray Reservoir, Powys, at 11:00 GMT on Sunday.

Another person was injured at a second accident just 11 miles away on the A470 between Libanus and Nant-ddu.

The incidents occurred on the day Dyfed-Powys Police launched Operation Darwen to reduce motorcyclist deaths.

Both roads were closed but have since reopened.

Police said the family of the man killed had been informed, and they were appealing for information.

The second accident, at about 16:00 GMT near the Storey Arms outdoor centre, involved a car and two motorbikes.

On Sunday, Dyfed-Powys Police launched their annual campaign to reduce the number of motorcyclists seriously hurt in the area, which has long been popular with riders.

Last year, 67 motorcyclists were either killed or seriously injured on roads in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

The force's "champion" Sgt Owen Dillon, of Brecon Road Policing Unit, said he had to leave the campaign launch to attend the separate accidents.

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