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Probe after school caretaker Albert Kane dies in quarry digger accident

By Cate McCurry

An investigation has been launched into the death of a school caretaker after he died in an accident involving a digger at a quarry site.

Father-of-two Albert Kane from Coleraine was killed when a digger bucket fell and fatally injured him while he was helping carry out repair work.

A post-mortem is be carried out into the death of the 59-year-old, who was a well-known caretaker at Coleraine High School.

A spokesman for the PSNI confirmed that the Health and Safety Executive had been made aware of the incident and an investigation had been launched. Pupils took to Twitter to pay their tributes.

Pupil Koren Ferguson wrote: "RIP Albert Kane! You will be sadly missed at CHS."

And Sophie Shaw added: "Rest in peace Albert Kane always the legend of CHS."

William King, a UUP councillor in the town, had been a friend and neighbour of Mr Kane for a number of years. He described him as a "real gentleman who was very well respected".

"Albert was a very, very popular man through his work at Coleraine High," he added.

"He had a great understanding with the staff and with the pupils at the school. It's very unfortunate this has happened, he just happened to be standing in the wrong spot as he helped a friend out.

"Albert would have been preparing for the new school term so it's very sad for staff and pupils to start the year without him."

While it is not yet clear the circumstances surrounding the incident, it is believed the bucket became detached from the digger and killed the part-time farmer instantly.

Samuel Cole, a DUP councillor in Coleraine who sits on the school's board of governors, said Albert will be missed.

"He was a very reliable worker and was loved by everyone," he said. "We are shocked and saddened at his sudden death and want to extend our sympathy to his family circle.

"He was really appreciated at the school and worked there for over 10 years. He was such a big part of the school and everyone looked to him if they had any problems. I'm sure his family are devastated by his death."

A PSNI spokesman said: "A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out following the sudden death of a 59-year-old man in the Letterloan Road, Macosquin, area."

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