A tractor driver (70s) has died in a single-vehicle collision in Co Westmeath.
The fatal road traffic crash occurred earlier this morning (Monday, August 2nd, 2021).
In a statement, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:
“At approximately 7:50 am this morning, Gardaí were called to the scene of a single-vehicle road traffic collision involving a tractor on the R389, Mullingar Road, Kilbeggan.”
“The driver, a male in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene.”
“The road is currently closed to allow Garda Forensic Collision Investigators to examine the scene. Local diversions are in place.”
Appeal for witnesses
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
They are particularly appealing to any road users who were travelling on this road at the time with camera footage (including dash-cam) to make this available to them.
Gardaí asks anyone with any information to contact Gardaí in Athlone on 09064 98550, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any station.
Woman (56) dies after collision with tractor and spraying trailer
Meanwhile, earlier this week, a woman died following a collision with a tractor and spraying trailer in Scotland.
Police Scotland is appealing witnesses following the fatal two-vehicle crash on the B9128 between Carnoustie and Forfar.
The crash involved a green John Deere tractor and a silver VW Polo on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.
It happened around 8.10 am at the crossroads with the B9127, Whigstreet to Carmyllie Road, near Lochlair.
Emergency services attended; however, the car passenger, a 56-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Furthemore, the 69-year-old female driver of the car was taken to hospital as a precaution. The 42-year-old male tractor driver was uninjured.
Police closed the road collision investigation and re-opened it at around 4 pm.
Sergeant Ewan Pearce from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit said:
“Tragically, as a result of this collision, a woman has lost her life. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”