Investigation continues as body of fatal Tyrone accident victim released

Lisdoo Road, Tullymoan
Lisdoo Road, Tullymoan

A young man who lost his life in an industrial accident this week has been described as a well-respected hard worker, as the investigation into his death continues.

Matthew Gordon, a member of Derg Valley Young Farmers’ Club, was due to turn 22 next month before he died on the Lisdoo Road in west Tyrone.

It happened not far from the Republic’s border at about 11am on Tuesday morning.

He it thought to have been checking a digger shortly before the incident occurred said Thomas Kerrigan, a DUP Strabane councillor and a distant relative of Matthew’s.

“Whatever happened after that, police had [the scene] cordoned off,” he told the News Letter.

Matthew Gordon had hailed from Casltederg and had three brothers, said councillor Kerrigan.

He had visited the family home shortly after the accident, and said at the time the body had not been returned to them.

He said Matthew’s father was trying to “bear up to it”.

“But I’d say once the remains come back to him, it will be a sad home,” he added.

Police said that the post-mortem had been completed on Thursday afternoon, meaning the body could then be returned.

It said that both police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were continuing to investigate the incident.

A spokeswoman added that no-one had been arrested.

The HSE meanwhile reiterated its statement of two days earlier, saying it was investigating.

Councillor Kerrigan said: “It’s a sad state of affairs now. You could go out in the morning, and three hours layer you could be gone.

“He was a very hard working young fellow – he’s been working since he left school.

“I think he took very little time off at anything; he was mostly involved in fixing machinery.

“He was a very dedicated lad, and well-respected locally. It’s just heartbreaking to see how these things can happen, and how they can happen so simply.”