A THREE year old boy has been tragically killed after becoming trapped in a lift shaft in Galway city.
The young child became trapped in the elevator shaft at the Hynes Building on Augustine Street shortly after 3pm today.
He had been in the building with his mother who was attending the Social Welfare office on the first floor of the building.
The little boy was on his own when he became lodged in the lift shaft. It is understood that he suffered crush injuries which resulted in massive blood loss.
Gardai and fire crews were called to the scene and worked to free the child, however, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His remains were removed to Galway University Hospital at around 4pm.
The family are originally from Nigeria but had been living in the Doughiska area of Galway city. The little boy's mother and three other children were escorted from the building shortly before 5pm.
Gardaí said his death was a tragic accident and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been notified.
The building has been closed off, pending a technical examination by gardai which has now begun.