Tributes paid to businessman killed in quad bike accident
A businessman who died in a quad bike accident has been credited as a key player in the Northern Ireland manufacturing sector.
Nishi Ward, 45, from Plumbridge in Co Tyrone was killed in the incident on Thursday evening.
Married father Mr Ward was the founder of Plumbridge company Waste Systems.
Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI, said he was "very saddened" by his death.
"Nishi was a much respected businessman who was instrumental in the global growth of Waste Systems Ltd in Plumbridge and an integral part of Northern Ireland's manufacturing industry," he said.
"As a valued customer of Invest NI I had the great privilege of getting to know Nishi personally.
"While he used our business solutions to help his business grow he also gave up his time and participated in our marketing campaigns, helping us to promote the importance of exporting and innovation to businesses across Northern Ireland.
"His commitment to the growth and development of Waste Systems was widely admired and he will be missed by both the business and wider community in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area.
"We offer our deepest sympathies to his family and business colleagues at this sad time."
West Tyrone Assembly member Daniel McCrossan said the local community was in shock.
"His death will be a serious loss to the community and to local people. It's hard to imagine," said the SDLP representative.
"My thoughts and prayers and those of my entire party are with his family and friends at this tragic time.
"I know people here in Plumbridge will come together to support them at such a difficult time."