Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Soldiers die in tractor road crash

Three people died after road crashes involving tractors

Two soldiers have died following a road crash involving a car and a tractor in Northern Ireland.

The men, both 24, died after the accident on the Ballyconnelly Road, Cullybackey, Co Antrim, the PSNI said.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed they had been serving in the 2nd Battalion The Rifles based in Lisburn.

It is believed that they were both from England but they have not yet been named.

Shortly after 8.15pm yesterday it was reported that three men who were in a Fiat Punto collided with a John Deere tractor.

Another man, aged 21, received head injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.

The driver of the tractor was treated at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious.

Meanwhile, a man died in Cambridgeshire when his JCB tractor crashed yesterday evening.

Police were called to the A1043 at Alconbury near Huntingdon shortly after 5.30pm following reports of a single-vehicle collision.

The man was said to have suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.

The road was closed until 3am, police said.

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