A YOUNG man died in a tragic freak accident on an amusement park ride as he celebrated his birthday with friends
Dubliner Gavin Mason was enjoying a 22nd birthday outing in Tramore, Co Waterford, when the fatal accident occurred on the ghost train ride in an amusement park on Saturday evening.
Mr Mason lived at Kilmore Close, Artane, Dublin.
Gardai, who are carrying out an investigation, believe he was in the first section of the carriages on the ghost train. It is understood that he may have fallen out of the moving carriage after standing up and that the carriage then ran over him.
Gardai also believe that a carriage from one of the other trains then shunted against the one which had been carrying him, as a result of which he received injuries to his head and body.
Local gardai and the emergency services were immediately summoned to the scene. The area was cordoned off and Mr Mason was brought to Waterford Regional Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries a short time later.
A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday morning, but the results will not be known until later today.
Two separate probes have been launched into the death. Local gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of the accident, while the Health and Safety Authority are also carrying out a separate investigation.
The accident occurred at 7.35pm on Saturday evening in the popular Tramore seaside resort, which had attracted a large crowd in the splendid sunshine.
The hundreds of people who were enjoying the various facilities of the open-air amusement park were left stunned as news of the tragedy spread through the seaside resort.
One local resident said: "The whole area was buzzing with people. There was a real sense of a final summer weekend about it but it quickly became a scene of stunned holiday makers. Everyone seemed to suffer when news of the tragedy broke. It was a sad, sad way to end the summer."
Meanwhile, in another tragedy to affect the seaside resort over the weekend, gardai are investigating an apparent drowning which took place yesterday morning.
The body of a man in his mid-30s was found on the beach at Tramore just before 8am. His body was removed to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post mortem examination.
Gardai have not released his name until his next of kin have been notified.