Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Mother heartbroken after son dies in tyre explosion

The heartbroken mother of a 23-year-old Ulsterman killed in an explosion as he changed a tyre, today said life would never be the same without her beloved son.

The family of Templepatrick man Brooks Gilmore - nicknamed Brooksie - were today struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

Mr Gilmore, a trailer fitter, died yesterday in an explosion at Montgomery Transport as he was working on a lorry using acetylene.

Speaking at the family home this morning, his devastated mum, Margaret, sobbed as she told the Belfast Telegraph: "He was my baby. I loved him. Life will never be the same."

Mrs Gilmore said she believes her son died as a result of injuries to his chest, but a post-mortem was due to be carried out on Mr Gilmore this afternoon to determine the exact cause of death.

Meanwhile, the Health and Safety Executive is probing the incident at the transport depot in Mallusk, Co Antrim.

A spokesman for the company, David Booker, said Mr Gilmore was a valued employee and expressed sympathy to his family.

"There is an ongoing investigation which will be thorough and carried out by the requisite agencies," he said.

"The company will be fully cooperating with these agencies. Our thoughts are obviously with the family circle at this time."

Mayor of Antrim, Adrian Watson, said Mr Gilmore's death was "a tragedy" .

"This sounds like a horrific accident," he said.

"I am sure everyone's thoughts are with this man's family, friends and colleagues at this time.

"I am sure a full and thorough investigation into the incident will be carried out."

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