Victim of Carrickfergus incident named locally

Victim of Carrickfergus incident named locally

A man who died following an incident off the Knockagh Road in Carrickfergus this morning has been named locally as John Traynor from Ballycastle.  

It is understood Mr. Traynor became trapped under heavy machinery and died at the scene.  

In a post on Faceboook, IJ Lynn & Sons Ltd said: "This is the hardest post I have ever written. Today we lost our esteemed colleague John Traynor in a tragic accident on site.

"As a family we are devastated at this loss and we send our prayers and sincerest sympathies to John's family. He will be sorely missed by us all and his work colleagues.

"John was a pleasure to work with, always positive and eager. May he rest in peace. Thank you to all who rushed to John's aid on site today and especially the emergency services who attended the scene."

Tributes have been flooding in on social media with many describing him as a 'true gentleman'.

Ballycastle Sinn Féin Councillor Cara McShane said that the news of the incident has sent "shockwaves across the entire community."

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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."

A HSENI’s spokesperson said: “HSENI is aware of a workplace incident that occurred in the Carrickfergus area this morning and is making enquiries.”

Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious.

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