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Thursday 23 March 2017

Eight-year-old hit by truck fights for his life

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

AN eight-year-old boy was fighting for his life last night after a horrific truck accident.

The boy and his friend, an eight-year-old girl, were knocked down by a truck on Monday evening in the Sun Valley Drive area of Fairhill in Cork city.

Both were immediately rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital (CUH). The girl was treated for minor leg injuries but the boy sustained serious head and chest injuries in the accident.

His condition was described as critical and his family was maintaining a vigil at his bedside last night.

Gardai are investigating the incident, which has been described by them as a tragic accident.

The lorry driver was understood to be deeply traumatised and has already given a preliminary statement to gardai.

Examination

The lorry was removed from the scene and will now be subjected to a full examination by Garda Public Service Vehicle (PSV) inspectors.

The little girl has already spoken with gardai about the circumstances of the accident.

Gurranabraher gardai have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them. The incident occurred shortly after 3.30pm near the Glenavannig Estate, just off Sun Valley Drive.

Garda accident scene investigators examined a section of roadway where the accident occurred at the junction of Fairhill and St Colmcille's Road. Both children were on their way home when the accident happened.

Superintendent Con Cadogan has appealed to anyone with information to contact Gurranabraher gardai at (021) 4946200 to assist with their inquiries.

Prayers were offered for the boy's recovery at all Masses in Gurranabraher yesterday.

Irish Independent

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