A 40-year-old man lost his life in what is now being reported as a five-vehicle collision on Sunday night (Jan 29), marking the first road traffic fatality on Bermuda’s roads this year.

A police spokesman said: “Initial reports indicated the collision involved three motorcycles and a motorcar.

“However, it has since been confirmed there were four motorbikes and a motorcar involved.”

The accident occurred around 11:45pm on South Road in Southampton.

Police say the motorcyclist was riding eastward when he reportedly attempted to overtake a car travelling in the same direction and collided with three bikes travelling in the opposite direction.

The rider was found unresponsive and rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

One of the other motorcyclists sustained a broken arm and required surgery.

“It remains unclear whether any of the other two motorcycle riders headed west were injured in the collision, as they rode away from the scene on one of the bikes involved,” the spokesman added.

Police also thanked the public for their patience and co-operation while the road was closed to traffic for officers to process the scene.

Meanwhile, anyone with information is urged to contact Sergeant Francis Blackman on 717-2408 or via email at fblackman@bps.bm.

The public can also use the main police number, 295-0011, 211, or call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

Information can also be shared with a familiar police officer.