Sunday 17 December 2017

Probe launched after father of two crushed at garage

Edel O'Connell

AN investigation has been launched into the death of a father of two who was crushed while loading cars onto a truck.

Pat Byrne (48), from Stradbally, Co Laois, was picking up vehicles from the Windsor car dealership in Ballybrit, Co Galway, when he got into difficulty on Thursday.

It is believed he became trapped between the door of one of two cars he was loading onto a transporter and the lorry's ram at around 1pm.

Mr Byrne was collecting damaged cars from the dealership's repair department for his brother Martin's car dismantling business in Killone, outside Stradbally, when the accident happened.

It is understood he suffered chest injuries and was taken by ambulance to University College Hospital Galway.

Workers at the car dealership initially believed his injuries were not life threatening and he was going to survive.

However they learned yesterday morning that he died in hospital at around 3am.

The Health and Safety Authority is investigating.

Meanwhile, current and past pupils of a rural school will form a guard of honour when the funeral cortege of a popular schoolteacher and her husband passes through their village tomorrow.

The tight-knit community of Barnane, Templemore, in Co Tipperary, are preparing for the funerals tomorrow of Tom Kenneally (65) and his wife Angela (61) from Barnane, who died when their car was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. They are survived by their six children.

Irish Independent

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