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Co Down farmer Gerard Lively (60) dies in tractor crash

Investigators at the scene of the fatal road crash on the Brynsford to Hilltown road in Co Down which claimed the life of Gerard Lively (60). Picture by Mal McCann
Gareth McKeown

A CO Down father-of-two who died in a two-vehicle crash involving a tractor has been named as Gerard Lively.

The 60 year-old farmer from the townland of Leitrim near Castlewellan, died after a crash between his tractor and a car in Hilltown on Monday night.

It is understood the tractor rolled over following the collision on the Hilltown to Bryansford road at the junction with the Kinnahalla Road at around 6pm.

A woman who was driving the car was taken to hospital suffering from shock.

Clonduff parish priest Fr Jarlath Cushenan said the family was "devastated" and in "total shock" at what had happened.

A regular Mass-goer Mr Lively has been described as a well-respected member of the community.

"He would have been Lively by name and lively by nature and very well-known within the community," Fr Cushenan said.

"There was a funeral of a 92-year-old earlier that day and now this so it is a shock for everybody, the people are devastated, it is a terrible tragedy," he added.

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said she was "deeply saddened" to learn of the death.

"The whole community in that rural area situated on the Bryansford Road, Hilltown and that general country area will come together to support, help, comfort and assist the victim’s family at this difficult time.

"Death is always sad but is more tragic and challenging when it occurs so abruptly as a result of an accident," she said.

Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick from neighbouring Mayobridge said the death was "another very tragic situation for the district".

"It's so tragic that another family is plunged into grief and a darkness brought upon them.It just brings home how precious life is.

"He was going about his daily work then unfortunately there has been this accident. It's just very, very sad," she said.

Meanwhile a spokeswoman for the Royal Victoria Hospital confirmed a teenage cyclist remained in a critical condition on Tuesday night after a collision with a lorry in west Belfast on Monday afternoon.

The collision happened at Brian’s Well Road in Poleglass.

The schoolboy, who is believed to be from the Glenkeen area, is understood to have undergone surgery on Monday night for his injuries.

A man also remains critical following a two-vehicle crash near Lisburn on Monday morning.

Two people were taken to hospital after the collision at the junction of Hillhall Road and Quarterlands Road.

A Royal Victoria Hospital hospital spokeswoman said one of two men taken there was in a critical condition while the other was stable.

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