Schoolgirl dies after 'absolutely tragic' accident on farm in Co Armagh

Schoolgirl dies after 'absolutely tragic' accident on farm in Co Armagh

A SCHOOLGIRL has tragically died on a farm in Co. Armagh.

According to local reports, 14-year-old Abbie Nummy died following an accident in the Bernish area of Newry on Saturday.

Emergency services - including an air ambulance - were contacted around 2pm and raced to the scene, but unfortunately couldn't save the girl's life.

Police said in a statement that they will be preparing a report for the coroner following the sudden death of the girl.

The nature of the accident is yet to be confirmed.

Local independent councillor Gavin Malone described the news as "absolutely tragic".

"My heart goes out to the family," Malone told the Belfast telegraph.

"The family are such lovely people, such a wonderful family, it's just devastating.

"I was at the wake. It’s very emotional. They are a hugely respected family in the area.

"The wee girl was only 14.

"They’re such lovely people. It’s hard to know what to say. It's heartbreaking."

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland confirmed yesterday that it had launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Abbie's tragic death.

"Abbie was the loveliest, well mannered child and will be missed by all who knew her," wrote one person on Facebook.

Another user wrote: "Sincere sympathies to Nummy and McKay families from all the Crozier family. So terribly sad."

Abbie's funeral is due to place on Tuesday.

Reportedly, fourteen people in Northern Ireland died in farming accidents in the last two years.