Man dies following Carrickfergus incident

Man dies following Carrickfergus incident

A man in his 40's, understood to be from the Ballycastle area has died following an incident off the Knockagh Road in Carrickfergus this morning.

Emergency services including the NI Air Ambulance responded to the scene shortly after 9am.    

It is understood the man became trapped under a heavy vehicle.

A NIAS spokesperson said "NIAS despatched one Emergency crew, two Rapid Response Paramedics, a HART team and the Charity Air Ambulance with HEMS on board were also tasked to the incident. No one was taken from scene."

Police remain at the scene and the Knockagh Road remains closed.

Mid & East Antrim Councillor Mark Collins said "This is heartbreaking news to hear that a man has sadly lost his life as a result of this incident.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the gentleman involved at such a difficult time. I would also like to pay tribute to all of the emergency services, including the Air Ambulance crew, for all their efforts."

The HSENI said it was “aware of a workplace incident in the Carrickfergus area, and is making enquiries”.

Causeway Coast & Glens Independent Councillor Padraig McShane said " This news is devastating. People are simply stunned. We have lost one of the good guys in life. A dear friend to all who knew him. Extremely popular.  

"I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to his family his friends and to all his work colleagues."

There are no further details.  

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