A man lost his life in a workplace accident in Gort in county Galway on Tuesday evening last.

John Hansberry, a single man, aged in his 60s, and recently retired from the staff of Galway county council, was fatally injured on Tuesday after what appears to have been a freak accident on his nearby farm.

It’s understood he was doing maintenance work on his land in the Derreen area of Gort at around 7pm when he was suddenly trapped by the tractor he had been driving.

Gardai and emergency services were called and his body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem examination.

The Health & Safety Authority (HSA) were notified, and is carrying out  an investigation

The local community is said to be shocked and saddened at his loss.