A mother and baby had a miracle escape in Cork after a car ploughed into a parked vehicle which then crushed the infant's buggy against a wooden telegraph pole.
The buggy was partially crushed between the left wing of the parked car and the heavy wooden pole. The six-month-old baby boy suffered head and soft tissue injuries in the incident.
It is understood he was strapped in the buggy at the time as he was being brought home by his mother.
He was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) but is expected to make a full recovery.
However, because he sustained a head injury he is expected to remain in CUH for several days for observation before he is discharged.
The boy's mother was treated at the scene for shock before also being taken to CUH for assessment for minor injuries.
It is understood she hurt her back in the incident.
She is being treated at CUH and is able to stay by her child's bedside.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the freak accident last Wednesday to contact them.
The incident occurred shortly before 4pm on the Blackrock Road. It is understood a car skidded out of control and mounted a footpath.
"It really is a miracle that we are not dealing with a tragedy," a Garda source said.
"This could so easily have had a tragic ending."