6-year-old boy injured in farm accident

A six-year-old boy was seriously injured in a farm accident in Co. Laois yesterday evening, at approximately 4:30pm.

According to local reports, it is believed that a 4X4 rolled over the child. The boy was rushed to hospital and is reportedly in a stable condition at Tallaght Hospital – in the intensive care unit.

The incident allegedly happened on a farm near Rathdowney, Co. Laois. Further details are not yet known at this time.

Series of accidents

This comes following the news that a man was killed in a quad bike accident in Co. Tyrone, which also occurred yesterday evening.

The 45-year-old died in an incident understood to have taken place in Plumbridge at 5:00pm.

Emergency services including a rapid response paramedic, an accident and emergency crew and the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance attended. However, the man died at the scene.

Local politicians including SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan described the death as “tragic” and a “serious loss to the local community”.

While the man has not yet been named publicly, friends have said he was a businessman well known locally.

Less than a week ago, another farm accident took place when a man in his 40s was left with facial injuries and significant amounts of bruising, after he was attacked by a bull over the bank holiday weekend.

It is understood the accident occurred on a farm located close to the border of counties Laois and Carlow. The man is believed to have been in among a pen of feeding bulls when one of the animals turned on him.

He managed to pull himself to safety and phone for assistance. It is thought that the man was brought to hospital for medical assistance, but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The injured man is understood to be living and farming on his own.