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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Boy (7) dies after he is struck by vehicle in 'workplace accident'

The area is cordoned off after the accident yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron
The area is cordoned off after the accident yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron

A boy aged seven died after being struck by a vehicle during a "workplace accident" in Ballymun yesterday afternoon.

Gardai are investigating the fatal collision that happened on St Joseph's Way shortly after 4.30pm.

The boy was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital in a serious condition.

But despite efforts to save him, he died several hours later from his injuries.

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The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 30s, was taken to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Garda collision investigators examined the scene in the aftermath of the incident and closed off the road, with local diversions put in place.

A garda spokesperson told the Herald the incident was being described as a "workplace accident".

The Health and Safety Authority has also been notified.

Ballymun councillor Noeleen Reilly told the Herald her community was in a state of shock at the boy's death.

"It's absolutely dreadful to hear that something so awful has happened in this community," she said.

"The loss of anyone is tragic but to hear that a child has died is just heartbreaking.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time.

"I would appeal to anyone that witnessed this accident to contact the gardai," she said. Local councillor Mary Callaghan said the sense of loss for the family must be unimaginable.

"I offer my heartfelt condolences and support and know the community will help each other through this difficult time," she said.

Gardai appealed for anyone with information on the incident to contact them at Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, the Garda Confidential Line 18000 666 111 or any garda station.

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