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Two quizzed following fatal smash in Tyrone

By Adrian Rutherford

Two men have been arrested in connection with a fatal crash involving a truck and tractor.

It was the second death involving tractors in Co Tyrone in just 15 hours.

Two elderly men died in the separate accidents. The incidents occurred about 10 miles apart.

In the first fatality, an 81-year-old man was killed in a farm accident near Pomeroy.

Barney McAleer is believed to have been struck by a tractor while he was preparing a bale on Tuesday evening.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the accident.

In the second incident, a man died after a crash involving a tractor and a lorry near Dungannon. The lorry driver and a 43-year-old man, thought to be the tractor driver, were both subsequently arrested.

Phelim Alexander Brady, who was 69 and originally from the Caledon area, died in the collision on the A4 yesterday morning.

The first victim, Mr McAleer, who was from the Pomeroy area, is survived by his wife, two brothers and several nieces and nephews.

Parish priest Fr David Moore said farming had been his life.

"He was an absolute gentleman – quiet, modest and very attentive to his wife and family," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It is a very great loss to the parish and to the community.

"He was a farmer and that was his life. He was often seen out and about."

Sinn Fein councillor Cathal Mallaghan said the community was shocked by the tragedy.

"This news will rock the entire Pomeroy farming community. Farming is a vocation to some people.

"Most people in any other career will retire when they are 65 or 70, but farming is a lifelong career and it is something they love to do," he said.

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive confirmed it was investigating.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this most difficult time," she said.

Meanwhile, Mr Brady died after an accident around 10.20am yesterday.

The incident, involving a lorry and a tractor and trailer, occurred at the junction of the Killybracken Road and A4 road outside Dungannon.

A 43-year-old man, believed to have been driving the tractor, was taken to a nearby hospital.

His condition is described as serious but stable.

The M1 was closed for most of the day between Dungannon and Ballygawley.

Mr Brady is the first person to die on the once-notorious stretch of road since it was upgraded in late 2010.

DUP MLA Maurice Morrow said it was a terrible blow to the community.

"This is the first fatal road traffic collision since the A4 was upgraded and it adds to the sense of shock," he said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the deceased's family at this very difficult time."

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