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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Young boy (5) critical after being crushed by truck on way to school

The area in Ongar where the child was seriously injured when he was struck by a truck (INM)
The area in Ongar where the child was seriously injured when he was struck by a truck (INM)

A young boy is fighting for his life in hospital after being crushed by an articulated truck on his way to school.

The five-year-old child was walking with his mother and older sister when the heavy goods vehicle, which was making a delivery to a local supermarket, collided with the two young children.

The boy was crushed underneath the truck, and the shocked driver eventually managed to manoeuvre the large vehicle off the boy.

Emergency services were alerted and members of the Garda Traffic Corps and paramedics rushed to the scene.

The young boy, believed to be a Polish national, was transferred to Temple Street Children's University Hospital on the capital's northside, where his condition has been described as "critical but stable".

Collision

His older sister was also involved in the collision, but her injuries have been described as "minor".

The area was sealed-off while members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out an examination of the scene.

A source said a cursory examination of the truck found that there were no technical defects, and that the driver was fully co-operative with gardai.

"In the preliminary stages of the investigation it seems that this was just a tragic accident, rather than fault being attributed to anyone.

Gardai feared the worst when they arrived at the scene but the child is currently in hospital in a stable but critical condition," a source said.

"The driver was shocked but was very co-operative with gardai at the scene."

Local Sinn Fein councillor Paul Donnelly expressed his sympathies to the young boy's family and described the incident as "absolutely tragic".

"It is a truly horrible incident to have happened, but unfortunately it was an accident waiting to happen," he said.

"We constantly have the situation whereby parents and children are taking their lives into their hands every time they attend their local school.

"Parents have told me that this was always bound to happen. There is no parking or drop off facilities and parents were advised to park in the car park in the village.

"The problem is that massive trucks delivering goods to the shops also use the same car park, often double parking.

"We need a real solution to this, including a ban on trucks at school times."

Officers from Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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