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Friday 25 May 2018

Farmer (49) killed in tractor accident laid to rest as investigation continues

Friends and family carry the coffin of James Moore following his funeral service. Image: Belfast Telegraph.
Friends and family carry the coffin of James Moore following his funeral service. Image: Belfast Telegraph.

Rachel Martin

Mourners in Co Antrim have given thanks for the life of a 49-year-old man killed in a tractor accident.

James Moore's brother found him under a tractor at his farm on the Lowtown Road, Co Antrim on Sunday.

Described as a "quiet" and "well-liked man", Mr Moore was a full-time bicycle mechanic but also farmed part-time.

Mourners gathered at Bairds Funeral Home for a service led by Rev Richard Kerr of Templepatrick Presbyterian Church to remember his life.

The cause of Mr Moore's death is still under investigation, but the incident is being treated as a farming accident.

However, it is understood he was found trapped underneath a tractor by his brother Samuel after he went to check on him.

The victim, named locally as James Moore, was discovered on Sunday at his home in Templepatrick. Image: Google Maps
The victim, named locally as James Moore, was discovered on Sunday at his home in Templepatrick. Image: Google Maps

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was called to the scene at Lowtown Road shortly before 1pm.

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it is investigating the incident.

Its staff has removed the tractor for inspection.

Ulster Farmers' Union president Barclay Bell was among those who expressed his sympathy.

He said: "We all need to make farm safety a priority if we are to put a stop to farm accidents and fatalities, and the terrible heartache they cause to farming families."


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