Heartbreak as schoolboy (7) dies in hospital after being knocked down
A community has been left devastated after a seven-year-old boy died after being struck by a council vehicle during a "workplace accident" in Dublin yesterday afternoon.
Gardaí are investigating the fatal road traffic collision, which occurred at St Joseph's Way in Ballymun shortly after 4.30pm.
The boy was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital in a serious condition.
But despite efforts to save his life, he died several hours later from his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 30s, was taken to the Mater Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Garda collision investigators examined the scene in the aftermath of the incident.
Last night, there was a council street-cleaning vehicle on the road where the collision took place.
In a statement to the Irish Independent, Dublin City Council confirmed that one of its vehicles was involved in the incident.
A spokesperson said the council "wishes to extend its heartfelt sympathies to the family of the young child who passed away".
A Garda spokesperson told the Irish Independent the incident was being described as a "workplace accident".
The Health and Safety Authority has been notified.
Ballymun's Councillor Noeleen Reilly said the local community was in a state of shock following the death.
"It's absolutely dreadful to hear that something so awful has happened in this community," she said.
"The loss of anyone is tragic, but to hear that a child has died is just heartbreaking.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time and I would appeal to anyone that witnessed this accident to contact gardaí," she added.
A local woman said she was in her living room when she saw a group of children running down the street.
"They were shouting and screaming so I went out to see what was going on and then I saw the ambulance and Garda cars."