'Just devastating' - Pensioner killed in freak accident during visit to garage

'Just devastating' -  Pensioner killed in freak accident during visit to garage

A man killed in a freak accident at a Co Donegal garage was showing mechanics his car when the tragedy occurred.

Pensioner Mervyn Orr died when he became trapped in equipment at the garage on the outskirts of the village of St Johnston.

Mr Orr, aged 77, had arrived at the garage around 8.45pm to have his car serviced.

However, he became entangled in machinery at the garage when his Citroen C4 car surged forward and he suffered fatal injuries.

The emergency services including an air ambulance from across the border were summoned but Mr Orr died at the scene.

Mr Orr, who lived with his wife in the nearby village of Carrigans, was a very well-known figure in the area.

A motorcyclist enthusiast, he was a father-of-three and also had grandchildren.

Local county councillor Paul Canning said the entire community was devastated by the tragedy.

They are a very well-known and respected family and would have been involved in a lot of fund-raising for various charities over the years.

"This is just devastating for the entire community on the mouth of Christmas.

"The thoughts and prayers of all the people of Donegal are with them at this time and the owner of the garage who I understand is extremely upset by what has happened," he said.

Gardai and ambulance personnel rushed to the scene.

The area was sealed off as Garda forensic investigators began an investigation into the cause of the accident.

The Health and Safety Authority has also sent inspectors to the area to begin a full investigation.

More on this topic

Slain Donegal mother to be laid to rest todaySlain Donegal mother to be laid to rest today

Mother of Donegal woman killed in India wants apology from GovernmentMother of Donegal woman killed in India wants apology from Government

Man held as couple named locally in double killingMan held as couple named locally in double killing

Gardaí find hatchet at scene of double-killing in DonegalGardaí find hatchet at scene of double-killing in Donegal


More in this Section

Eight migrants found on ship in Waterford deported from IrelandEight migrants found on ship in Waterford deported from Ireland

HSE: 120 people could die from the flu this winter HSE: 120 people could die from the flu this winter

Jury continues deliberations in Mitchelstown murder trialJury continues deliberations in Mitchelstown murder trial

Flu vaccine uptake by people aged over 65 reaches 62%Flu vaccine uptake by people aged over 65 reaches 62%


Lifestyle

The Marquee in Cork dominated the gig news this week, with a string of announcements for what is expected to be the final year at the Monahan Road venue before the site is developedScene + Heard: The most played artist on Spotify and all the latest music news

Esther N McCarthy picks perfect paperweights, brilliant books and Christmas collectables this week.Brilliant books and Christmas collectables - here's our wish list

John Spillane tells Ellie O’Byrne how he’s hoping to fund his next album by taking the bardic route of writing unique compositions for people on whatever they’d like‘I’ll write you a song for €1,000' - John Spillane's unique way to fund new album

From starring in a Cork-set film, to securing a role in Ridley Scott’s major new HBO series, it has been quite a year for Niamh Algar, writes Esther McCarthyIreland’s next big thing: Niamh Algar on her incredible year

More From The Irish Examiner