Farmer dies after being crushed by tree
A farmer who was cutting down a tree on his land died in a freak accident when the tree fell on top of him yesterday.
The 57-year-old, from Tullyesker, Monasterboice, Co Louth, was reportedly crushed to death when the tree toppled over on top of him near his home around 3.30pm yesterday.
It is understood a neighbour who was helping him prune the tree witnessed the tragedy and immediately alerted the emergency services.
Two units of the Drogheda Fire Service rushed to the farm but the farmer was dead by the time they arrived.
He remained pinned under the tree for some time until the emergency services used a JCB to retrieve him.
Local residents living in the Monasterboice area were shocked to hear of the bizarre accident.
"We don't know 100pc what happened," a local businessman told the Irish Independent. "It's still just filtering out now but it seems like it was just a freak accident," he said.
.A post mortem exam will be conducted on the man's body today at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in nearby Drogheda.
There was speculation that the farmer may have been cutting the tree down due to fears of high winds that were forecast for yesterday and Sunday as a result of the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas in the Caribbean.
Met Eireann had warned of winds of up to 100 kmh and heavy rain along coastal areas.