'Hillston legend' mourned

A DEVASTATING farm accident has claimed the life of a “Hillston legend” just one week

out from Christmas.

Tributes have flooded in for 57-year-old Glen Baillie – husband to Kim, and father to sons,

Toby and Jaimie, and daughter, Ellie.

About 9.30am on Monday, Mr Baillie and another man were working in a paddock

at a Hillston property on the Kidman Way, when both were struck by a 20-tonne forklift.

Despite the best efforts of bystanders, the injuries sustained by Mr Baillie were too significant and paramedics were unable to revive him.

Mr Baillie’s 33-year-old colleague– who was also struck by the forklift – was taken to

Hillston Hospital along with the 55-year-old forklift driver. Both were treated for shock.

Long-standing friend John Sheridan remembered Mr Baillie as a devoted family man.

“Glen was an avid Roosters supporter and it was like he won the lottery when the Roosters

won the grand final,” Mr Sheridan said.

“He worked hard all his life and had only recently bought a little block on the river down

near Willanthry, which would have been like a dream come true for him.

“He was the son of Scottish immigrants, a really nice bloke and a really devoted family man.

This is a terrible loss.”

Another friend and former rugby league teammate, Peter Hogno, said Mr Baillie was a Hillston

stalwart who will be sorely missed.

“Glen was born and bred in Hillston and was a good supporter of the town,” Mr Hogno said.

“He played all the local sports and he was a member of the first rugby league grand final in

1979.

“This is very sad news for Glen’s family and the town –which has really been knocked around by

the news.”

Police and detectives attended the property and established a crime scene which was examined by specialist forensic officers.

Investigations are continuing and investigators are preparing a brief of evidence for the coroner.

WorkCover has also been notified of the incident.

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