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Colleagues 'deeply shocked' after road worker is crushed to death in Co Armagh

By Allan Preston

Colleagues of a workman reportedly crushed to death by a heavy roller while resurfacing a road in Co Armagh yesterday are said to be deeply shocked by the tragedy.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon on the Bog Road near the village of Forkhill.

It's understood the man was a foreign national and had been tarring and chipping the road when the accident happened.

The police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the incident, but have not released any further details at this time.

Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Mickey Larkin, said he had not yet heard details about the man, but the man's work colleagues were deeply shocked by the accident.

"The company involved were doing a surface dressing which protects the road in winter," he said.

"Apparently this man perished during that procedure.

"The Bog Road itself is a narrow road and I know they've resurfaced a number of roads in the area over the last week. It's just sitting on the slopes of Slieve Gullion and it's a very beautiful area. It's shocking, it's a quiet side road that would never have that much traffic."

He continued: "It's just terrible this tragedy has happened. I do feel for his colleagues. I've heard they are in deep shock that this happened. My immediate thoughts are with his family."

Ulster Unionist councillor David Taylor also expressed his "deepest sympathies" to the family.

"I am very sorry to hear of the tragic circumstances surrounding this incident and my thoughts and prayers are with the gentleman's family at this extremely difficult time," he said.

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