NI police appeal for witnesses after tractor crash

(Photo: PSNI Craigavon/Facebook)
(Photo: PSNI Craigavon/Facebook)

Northern Irish police are appealing for witnesses following a road collision incident involving a tractor in County Armagh.

The crash happened north bound on the A1 between Drumsallagh Road and Greenan Road around 11:15am on Saturday 4 May.

The other vehicle involved was a white Citroën van. There were no serious injuries.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Craigavon said on a Facebook post: "If you were on the A1 at that time, witnessed the collision, or saw either vehicle prior to the collision or have dash cam footage of it, please get in touch."

"The incident number is 483 of 04/05/19."

Road safety advice for farmers

An increase in road accidents involving tractors has led Cheshire Police to highlight important tips to help minimise risk.

Transporting agricultural machinery from one field to another via public roads is a necessity for most farmers, the force says.

Whether it involves moving produce during harvest season or relocating heavy equipment from one field to another, the only way to do this is by road.

However, sue to their size and slow moving nature, this can be hazardous to both agricultural vehicles and other road users.

Cheshire Police highlight the issue of mud being a significant hazard to other motorists, particularly motorcyclists, and can result in serious, even fatal collisions.

It also says that it is inevitable that slow-moving vehicles will cause a tailback on public roads but it is important for the driver to pull over and allow traffic to pass at the earliest opportunity.

Failure to do so can be frustrating for other motorists and can result in accidents if impatient road users attempt to overtake when it is not safe. They do this at their own risk.

Lights should be kept clean and in good working order to make sure that other road users can see the intended movements of the vehicles.

Amber warning beacons can be fitted to tractors which are not capable of exceeding 25mph to alert other vehicles to the presence of a slow moving vehicle. Under certain circumstances it may be a legal requirement.