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Man dies after being hit by bin lorry in Limavady

A 51-year-old man has died following a road traffic collision with a bin lorry in Co Londonderry.

The incident happened at Mount Eden in Limavady at around 7.30am on Tuesday 6 November.

Police have confirmed John Winton died after he was hit by the vehicle he was working on.

He was also a part-time fireman.

His colleagues from Limavady Fire Station and neighbouring stations of Dungiven and Crescent Link attended the incident.

Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Gary Thompson said: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is devastated to learn of the death of our colleague firefighter John Winton who died this morning in an off-duty incident.

“John was a retained Firefighter at Limavady Fire Station, having joined NIFRS almost 2 years ago.

"John was a dedicated firefighter serving his home town with distinction and he was extremely popular amongst his colleagues. His death will be felt across the entire service and the NIFRS family."

Speaking on behalf of the SDLP Councillors on Causeway Coast and Glens Council group, Cllr John Deighan extended his condolences.

He said: "Loss is never easy but in circumstances such as this in the lead up to Christmas it is particularly difficult to deal with.

"It is a difficult time for everyone and not least for the crew of the bin lorry involved who had just started an early collection of bins in the Mount Eden area of Limavady.

John Dallat MLA said the local community has been left shocked by the tragedy.

"There is widespread shock in the community and a sense of disbelief that such a tragedy should happen. Our council empties thousands of bins day and daily without mishap.

"On this occasion something happened and until we read the independent reports prepared by the PSNI and Health and Safety Executive it would be unwise to speculate but instead offer our prayers for all affected by this incident."

An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them.