A man who died in a quad bike accident outside Coleraine yesterday afternoon has been named locally as Hugh Henry from Ballerin.

SDLP MLA John Dallat said: “The entire community is reeling with shock following the untimely death of Hugh Henry in a farm accident involving a quad. “Hugh was a very experienced farmer committed to agriculture all his life.

“Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife and family who will need the support on everyone as they come to terms with the outcome of another farm accident and while this is not the time to speculate as to what happened it does underline just how dangerous an occupation farming is even when best practice isn’t enough to prevent accidents involving life and death.”

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they received a 999 call before 5pm yesterday – following an incident involving a quad bike in the Ringsend area of Coleraine. “NIAS despatched a Rapid Response Paramedic and an A&E crew to the scene,” said the spokesman. “The Air Ambulance was also tasked to the incident. “On their arrival the crews found that a male patient, in his late 50’s, had sustained fatal injuries in the incident.

“He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

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