Tuesday 26 September 2017

Woman (22) killed as vintage tractor overturns during charity event

Paul Melia, Anne-Marie Walsh and Elaine Keogh

A young woman died tragically after the tractor she was driving overturned during a charity event in Meath yesterday.

The woman (22), named locally as Grainne Gilsenan, was taking part in a fundraiser when the accident happened at Kilmainhamwood in Nobber shortly before 5pm.

Another woman in her 20s, a passenger, was injured when the tractor went off the road before overturning. She was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, and her injuries are not thought to be serious.

It is understood Ms Gilsenan was driving a vintage tractor, which is not required to have a roll bar that protects the driver.

A doctor who was among the 200 locals waiting for the tractor rally in the village was unable to assist the woman trapped underneath.

She was pronounced dead at Navan General Hospital.

Locals said there were 71 tractors in the 'tractor run', which was organised by Nobber Vintage Club to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

"Three of the tractors arrived in and they were all in a line and then they stopped and word came through there had been an accident," said a local man.

Minister of State Shane McEntee, who attended the event, said: "Everybody in the community is shocked."

He extended his sympathies to the family.

Navan gardai last night appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them at 046 9036100.

Irish Independent

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