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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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3 arrested after man dies following bridge collapse

Police investigating a fatal bridge collapse that That’s Farming reported about last week have arrested three men.

The incident occurred on a farm in the UK on Tuesday, January 18th.

A Polaris Ranger vehicle pulling a trailer fell into a river when a wooden bridge, supported by scaffolding, collapsed.

According to police, eleven people were in the ranger vehicle and trailer at the time of the incident as part of an organised shoot.

A source told police that a Polaris Ranger vehicle pulling a trailer had fallen into a river when a bridge collapsed.

Emergency services, including police, ambulance crews, fire crews and mountain rescue, attended the scene.

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Fatal bridge collapse

Brian Harwood, 73, from Penrith, Cumbria, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. Two other men, in their 60s and 70s, are receiving treatment in hospital for their injuries.

Police launched an investigation into the circumstances around the incident. Furthermore, it has also informed the Health and Safety Executive.

As part of its investigation, officers arrested a 55-year-old man from Preston, a 57-year-old man from Lancaster and a 52-year-old man from Lancaster on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

Appeal for information

In a statement, Det Insp Mark Dickinson, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said:

“This investigation remains in its early stages. We are conducting a number of enquiries to establish exactly what has happened, including whether any criminal offences were committed.”

“Three men have been arrested and are assisting police with our enquiries. They have now been released but remain under investigation.”

“We are supporting the families of those involved and working with partners, including the Health and Safety Executive, to establish what caused the bridge to collapse.”

“Our thoughts remain with Mr Harwood’s loved ones and everyone affected by this tragic incident.”

Police has appealed to anyone with information to contact 101 quoting log 0953 of January 18.

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