Boy (14) killed in West Clare accident

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A farming accident has claimed the life of a teenager in West Clare.

One boy aged fourteen has died following an accident on a family farm located between Ennistymon and Miltown Malbay on Thursday morning.

Gardaí and the Ambulance service responded to a call shortly after 9am on Thursday morning. Emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene.

A post-mortem is to be carried out later this evening but it has been reported by The Clare Champion that the tractor overturned on the youngster causing fatal injuries. It is understood that no other persons were injured.

His body has been removed to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) where the post-mortem will be conducted. The Health and Safety Authority are to carry out a visit of the farm to investigate the matter. An Garda Síochána’s investigation is at an early stage.

The tragedy has caused immense shock and sadness in the West Clare community.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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