A MOTHER and baby had a miracle escape in Cork after a car ploughed into a parked vehicle which pushed the infant's buggy against a wooden telephone pole.
The buggy was partially crushed between the left wing of the parked car and the heavy wooden pole.
The baby boy suffered head and soft tissue injuries in the incident. He was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) but is expected to make a full recovery.
The boy's mother was treated at the scene for shock before also being taken to CUH for assessment for minor injuries.
Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to the freak accident last Wednesday.
The incident occurred shortly before 4pm on the Blackrock Road.
It is understood a car skidded out of control and mounted a footpath.
It then collided with the rear of a parked saloon car.
That vehicle, in turn, was pushed against the buggy and the wooden pole.
A number of onlookers rushed to the scene to help the infant and his distraught mother.
"It really is a miracle that we are not dealing with a tragedy," a senior source said.
"This could so easily have had a tragic ending."
Gardaí paid tribute to the pedestrians who acted so quickly to help the woman and her child.
"We are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or the vehicle involved in the minutes before the collision to contact us to help us with our inquiries," a garda spokesperson said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station on (021) 4536690.