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Soldiers die in Antrim tractor crash

Two soldiers have died following a crash involving a car and a tractor in County Antrim.

The two 24-year-old men died following a road accident involving a tractor on the Ballyconnelly Road, Cullbackey, County Antrim, the PSNI said.

The soldiers, both from England, had been serving in the 2nd Battalion The Rifles based in Lisburn, County Antrim.

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.

Daithí McKay, North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA, said: "This was a horrendous accident and my thoughts are with the families and friends of these two young men who have sadly lost their lives."

North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey also expressed his sympathies to the families.

"This is tragic news. It has shocked the entire community in Cullybackey. My thoughts and sympathies are with the families of the two men who have sadly lost their lives.  Our prayers are also with those who are still being treated in hospital.

"Whilst we don't know the circumstances of these deaths, this distressful news is a very stern reminder to us all that we should alter our speed to suit the conditions. Especially on our rural roads."

Police said they are keen to hear from witnesses.

Meanwhile a man has 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, who has not been named, was said to have suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.

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