Farming accident claims life

A farming accident has claimed the life of Peter Hyland, a well-known merino farmer, from Geurie. 

Dubbo Kangaroos Rugby Club on Thursday posted a message on its Facebook page saying it “regrets to share the sad news of the recent passing of Peter Hyland”.

“Peter passed away Wednesday morning 8/02 as a result of a farming accident. Peter is the father of Joe Hyland a long-serving Roos player. We express our deepest sympathies to the family and offer our support during this difficult time.”

Police from Dubbo were called to the property on Nubingerie Road between Dubbo and Wellington about 11.15am on Wednesday.

They said Mr Hyland, 52, of the Hyland Dohne Stud “Glenore”, was in the process of trying to pull a bogged tractor free using a tow rope and a 4WD vehicle.

Police say during the operation it is believed that the tow rope broke and struck him on the back of his head. The injuries were fatal.

Detectives and crime scene investigators attended the scene. A report is being prepared for the coroner. Workcover has been advised of the incident.

Orana Local Area Command Inspector Dan Skelly said the incident was tragic.

“...the freeing of a bogged vehicle, a process that is probably done time and time again on farms all over our district, has claimed the life of a man. 

“It's a timely reminder to all that even the simplest of things we do can have a devastating outcome.

“We appeal to the farming community to work safely, take the time to stop and think about how we are doing things, ensure your equipment is in a safe condition, and don't take short cuts especially when operating moving machinery.’ he said.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the Mudgee community was still trying to come to terms with the death of well-known cricketer Cameron Cox, who was killed by a bolt of lightning on a property 25km north of the town.

Mr Cox was believed to have been checking on livestock on the property where grass fires were burning on Wednesday.

Police will prepare for the coroner.