An elderly man has died in hospital following a farm accident in Co Clare earlier today.
The 68-year-old is understood to have been helping a neighbour load cattle onto a trailer when the tragedy occurred around 8.30am.
The accident happened near the village of Cooraclare in the west of the county.
According to locals, the man wasn’t a farmer himself but had been known to help local farmers and had experience working with cattle.
The man was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he later died.
A Garda spokesman has confirmed that man was pronounced dead in hospital following an incident in Cooraclare.
The spokesman added that an investigation is underway and that a file will be prepared for the county coroner in due course.
A spokesman for the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has also confirmed that they have launched their own investigation into the incident.
A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out at University Hospital Limerick tomorrow.