Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man TT: Seventh rider dies

A seventh motorcyclist has died in the Isle of Man since TT week began on 28 May.

Three of the victims died in scheduled races while the other four were non-competitors who crashed on the open road, police said.

The latest victim was riding a red Yamaha bike which collided with an Alfa Romeo on the main Douglas to Ballasalla Road at Santon, near Fairy Bridge.

The occupants of the car were uninjured in the crash at 1955 BST on Monday.

A police spokesman said the number of deaths was "usual" for the TT period when thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts visit the island from around the world.

'Common sense'

The spokesman said that roads are closed to general traffic during scheduled races, but non-competition riders "have been known to travel at high speeds on the island's open roads".

There is no maximum speed limit in the Isle of Man, although there have been a number of failed attempts to introduce one over the years.

The spokesman said: "We do expect riders to use their common sense and clearly if they can't see what's coming towards them then they shouldn't be travelling at 140 mph."

The latest victim's next of kin are being sought by police before his details can be released.

The latest competitive rider to be killed was Derek Brien, 34, from Ireland who crashed in the first Supersport race on Monday.

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