Seamus Hegarty and Kevin Woods killed in Donegal farming accident

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Media captionFriends and neighbours have been paying their respects to the two men

An investigation has begun after the deaths of two farmers in County Donegal.

Seamus Hegarty and Kevin Woods were working on the wheel of a vehicle when the accident happened just after 18:00 local time near Ballybofey.

The men were both in their early 50s, and were neighbours from the Raphoe area.

It is believed they were fixing a puncture when a steel rim blew off the wheel and struck the two men.

They had been harvesting potatoes at the time.

The scene of the accident, at Cross Roads, Killygordan, between Stranorlar and Castlefin, has been cordoned off and the Health and Safety Authority is investigating.

Seamus Hegarty was a brother of former Derry City footballer and Finn Harps manager Paul Hegarty.

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Image caption Seamus Hegarty was 52 and from the Raphoe area

Independent councillor Frank McBrearty Jnr, who knew both men well, said: "My thoughts and prayers go out to both the families - they're very well known in the local community and very well known in the farming community.

"It's a devastating blow to the community, but even more devastating to both families and I think the families at this time need to be given some space to be able to deal with the grief they're going through.

"This community over the last number of months has suffered a number of tragedies and this is another very bad tragedy leading up to Christmas."

Liam Doherty, a Sinn Fein councillor for the area, said: "It is believed the steel ring has come off the wheel, it blew out on them.

"The local community is in deep shock over this tragedy, our deepest sympathy goes out to the two families."

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