FIREMEN in Waterford have slammed the "ghoulish" practice of people filming as they desperately tried to save a toddler who was hit by a truck.
Waterford Fire Service said they were "astounded" by the number of people who were attempting to capture the incident on their mobile phone.
The firemen sent out a special plea on their Facebook page to ask people to refrain from recording or taking photos while they are trying to work at a distressing scene.
The service said it was forced to speak out after a number of passersby tried to capture a fatal accident on their phones on Tuesday.
Two-year-old Daenerys Crosbie was killed after her pram was hit by a truck in Manor Street in Waterford.
Her mum, Carole Anne Crosbie (30), was walking with her daughter to a creche at Waterford Women's Centre when the heartbreaking tragedy unfolded. The toddler was rushed to hospital but was dead on arrival, having suffered head injuries. Her traumatised mum Carole Anne was also brought to hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and shock.
A family member said the young mum was "inconsolable" after the horrific accident.
Firemen appeared on the scene within minutes after the incident, at 10am on Tuesday.
They desperately tried to save Daenerys' life but were utterly "astounded" by the number of people trying to capture the incident on their phones.
They said that it was an ongoing trend for a number of years that was "ghoulish, thoughtless and extremely distasteful.
Waterford Fire Service said: "We walk a straight line on this page, trying not to criticise or condemn but following yesterday's tragedy in Manor Street it's time to weigh in on this.
"The crew at the scene were astounded by the number of people trying to capture the incident on their phones.
"This has been an ongoing trend for a number of years now, never better illustrated than at an road traffic accident not too long ago. A man, in his 30s, not a teenager, crept up, phone poised and recording, to within ten feet or so of a car where we were trying to extricate the driver while the ambulance crew were treating him.
"The driver died en route to hospital. Why do people do this? It's ghoulish, thoughtless and extremely distasteful.
"We could fill this page with photos of the injured and dead that we see. But we don't.
"Sometimes it's enough to know that horrible things happen without having to see them.
"Most obviously there's the matter of respect for the dignity of the people involved and the desire of paramount importance to not add to the grief and anguish felt by their families and friends.
"So if you know somebody who considers this kind of thing alright ask them to think about it just a little more."
Daenerys Crosbie, originally from Dunmore East, was buried following a mass of the angels this afternoon at 2.30pm in St Mary's Church, Ballygunner, Waterford.