Man dead after tractor ordeal – victim named locally
An elderly man has died after suffering a horrific ordeal trapped under a tractor in north Antrim.
Emergency services were called to the Bregagh Road in Armoy shortly before midday on Friday after the casualty, reported to be aged in his late 70s, was discovered injured in a field.
NI Fire and Rescue (NIFRS) said the man, who has been named locally as John Jamison, had been freed by civilian rescuers prior to the arrival of firefighters.
Mr Jamison was flown to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast by the charity air ambulance where his injuries were initially described as “not life threatening”.
However, he died later in the afternoon.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police received a report in relation to an incident involving a male and a tractor at Bregagh Road, Armoy, at approximately midday today (Friday 4 June).
“The man was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries not believed to be life threatening.”
A NIFRS spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph earlier on Friday that someone who came to the injured man’s aid was able to use a specialist vehicle to lift the tractor.
“The casualty had been released using a telehandler before firefighters arrived,” they said.
“Firefighters assisted colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service with transporting the casualty to the Air Ambulance, which then took the casualty to hospital.
“Firefighters then secured the tractor and made the scene safe. The incident was dealt with by 12.30pm,” the spokesperson added.
The Health and Safety Executive said it is making enquiries into an incident in the Armoy area.
The Bregagh Road is best known as the location of the iconic Dark Hedges.
A death notice in Saturday’s News Letter describes Mr Jamison having “died suddenly at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and the “dear brother of Charlie, Rae, Boyd and the late Julia, and a very dear brother-in-law and uncle”.