Elderly farmer dies after tractor accident

A 76-year-old man has died after the tractor he was driving fell 15ft into a stream after leaving a bridge near Glenties.

A 76-year-old man has died after the tractor he was driving fell 15ft into a stream after leaving a bridge near Glenties.

The man, named locally as Eugene Ward, died after being taken to Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday afternoon. The accident happened in the townland of Mully about five miles from Glenties at around 3pm when the tractor left the laneway running up to the man’s home.

A garda spokesman said Mr. Ward, a farmer, helped himself from the tractor and climbed back onto the laneway. A neighbour saw the tractor off the road and alerted Mr. Ward’s family and the emergency services.

Mr. Ward was injured in the accident and was taken by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was declared dead shortly after arriving at around 4.40pm .

A post mortem was due to be carried out yesterday afternoon at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Mr. Ward’s wife and three children were at the family home at the time of the accident. His children are believed to have been home for the Easter holiday.

Gardaí believe Mr. Ward may have been momentarily distracted by something falling from the link box of the tractor before it left the road.

One neighbour said Mr. Ward , a keen bingo player, was well-known and liked in the area.

The Health and Safety Authority have been notified of the accident.

Mr. Ward’s funeral is to take place at the Church of the Holy family, Edeninfagh tomorrow morning.