Fatal tractor accident leaves elderly man dead

A fatal road traffic accident has occurred in Wicklow of a man in his 80s, after his tractor was involved in a  traffic accident.

Gardaí in Ashford are appealing for witnesses following a fatal traffic collision in Co. Wicklow.

Gardai say that at approximately 11.30am a male aged in his 80s was seriously injured when the tractor he was driving struck a ditch and overturned.

The incident occurred on a minor road at Ballycullen near Ashford, Co. Wicklow. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was later removed to Loughlinstown Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are currently examining the scene, the road is closed and local traffic diversions are in place.

This brings to 13 the number of farming-related deaths in Ireland this year.

Earlier this month a man in his 60s was killed in Donegal after being attacked by a bull.

It follows one other farm death in August and three in July. Research from the Health and Safety Authority shows that farm machinery and animals are two of the most likely causes of farm deaths in Ireland.

It has also found that age is a serious consideration when farm accidents and fatalities occur with young children and the elderly most vulnerable.

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