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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Tragic toll on our roads as little Maria laid to rest and crash girl (4) seriously injured

Brian McDonald and Alan O'Keeffe

Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30

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The remains are carried from church after funeral mass pictured at the funeral of 5 year old Maria McGinley Greene, who was knocked down by a van and killed last Saturday at St. Bridgets's Estate, Portlaoise.

A little girl was in a serious condition in hospital last night battling major injuries sustained in a crash in the midlands.

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The four-year-old was a passenger in a car that collided with a truck yesterday around 10.30am at Annagh Cross in Co Tipperary.

The emergency services removed the child and a woman in her 30s from their car and rushed them to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

Later yesterday, the little girl was transferred to Galway University Hospital. Gardai described her injuries as serious.

A man and a woman who were travelling in the truck escaped injury.

Meanwhile, the funeral of five-year-old Maria Louise Greene, who was knocked down by a van and killed last Saturday at St Bridget's Estate, Portlaoise, took place yesterday.

The girl's parents, Stephen and Amanda, were comforted by relatives and friends yesterday.

A close family friend had described Maria as "a lovely little child". The couple have a seven-month-old son Stephen.

"For them, it's a bad dream from which they want to wake up. The life of their vibrant, beautiful daughter has been suddenly taken, and with that their hearts have been broken as well," said the friend.

The tragedy caused widespread shock and sadness in the community.

Maria Louise was a junior infant pupil at Portlaoise Gaelscoil, which she had been attending since last September.

The fatal accident happened just a month after her family celebrated Maria's fifth birthday on February 7.

Irish Independent

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