A TODDLER and a baby girl have been killed while out for a walk with their dad when a car crashed into their pushchair.
The tragic accident occurred on the N17 Dublin to Tuam road, about a mile from the Galway town, shortly after 1pm today.
The father was pushing the buggy along the hard shoulder of the straight stretch of road when a Toyota Avensis went out of control and crashed into the three of them.
The two children, one aged two years and the other just two months old, were pronounced dead shortly after arriving at University Hospital Galway.
Their father and the driver, who was the only occupant of the car, were also treated for injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
The road was sealed off and traffic diversions put in place.
Gardai in Tuam have appealed for any witnesses to the accident to come forward to help them piece together what happened.
The townspeople of Tuam were shocked and saddened as news of the terrible accident spread rapidly.
The family is understood to be local.