Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Man dies after car crush incident

An investigation is underway after an employee of a car dismantling firm was apparently crushed to death while loading cars onto a truck

An investigation has been launched into the death of a father-of-two who was crushed while loading cars onto a truck.

Pat Byrne, 48, from Stradbally, Co Laois, was picking up vehicles from the Windsor car dealership in Ballybrit, Co Galway, when he got into difficulty.

It is believed he became trapped between the door of one of two cars he was loading onto a transporter and the lorry's ram between 12.15pm and 1pm on Thursday.

Mr Byrne was collecting damaged cars from the dealership's repair department for his brother Martin Byrne's car dismantling business in Killone, outside Stradbally, when the incident happened.

A customer who was waiting outside discovered Mr Byrne in a semi-conscious state. It is understood he suffered chest injuries and was taken by ambulance to University College Hospital Galway, where he later died at around 3am.

There were no witnesses to the incident and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is looking through CCTV footage to establish exactly what happened.

Michael Butler, manager of the Windsor car dealership on Monivea Road, said staff were shocked and upset by the accident.

"Our thoughts are with the family of this man at this time," he said.

The HSA confirmed it was carrying out an investigation and said it could take some time to complete.

Gardai are also investigating the incident.

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