Toddler killed after being hit by tractor in 'devastating' incident

12 November 2022, 16:45 | Updated: 12 November 2022, 22:21

Noah McAleese was remembered as a "beloved grandson"
Noah McAleese was remembered as a "beloved grandson". Picture: Supplied by McAleese family

By Adam Solomons

Noah McAleese, two, was killed after being hit by a tractor in broad daylight.

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He was rushed to hospital yesterday afternoon, but died of his wounds.

McKiernan's Funeral Directors in Kilrea wrote tonight: "We regret to inform you of the tragic passing of Noah Shea McAleese R.I.P. (Ballymoney & Dunloy).

"Precious son of Johnny and Corrina and adored brother of Cohen.

"Beloved grandson of Seamus and Betty and Kieran and the late Rosemary Cassidy. Adored and never forgotten by the entire McAleese and Cassidy family circle. House private please."

Paramedics attended the scene by Rosepark Farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland shortly after midday.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said it's probing the incident with police and the nation's Health and Safety Executive.

Sinn Féin councillor Philip McGuigan called the tragic death "devastating", adding: "It's hard to find words to describe the agony the family must be feeling."

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Police in Northern Ireland are probing the tragic incident
Police in Northern Ireland are probing the tragic incident. Picture: Alamy

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DUP assembly member Mervyn Storey added: "When I heard of the incident this evening I could only but think as a grandfather myself how unbearable it would be to have to deal with such grief."

A Northern Ireland Ambulance service (NIAS) spokesperson said: “The NIAS received a 999 call at 12.32 on Friday 11 November, following reports of a farm incident in Ballymoney.

"NIAS despatched a Rapid Response Emergency Paramedic, an Emergency Crew and an Ambulance Officer to the incident."