Sunday 18 February 2018

'The next 48 hours are critical' - Family of boy (5) struck by articulated truck on way to school

Ongar, west Dublin, where the accident occurred. Photo: Tony Gavin
Ongar, west Dublin, where the accident occurred. Photo: Tony Gavin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A young boy is fighting for his life in hospital after he was struck by an articulated truck that also injured his sister as they made their way to school.

Philip Peczek (5) was walking with his mother and sister Caroline (7) when the heavy goods vehicle – which was making a delivery to a supermarket in Ongar – collided with the two children yesterday morning.

Many other children and parents witnessed the shocking incident and are said to have been traumatised by it.

Philip’s family today said he was in a critical but stable condition in Temple Street Hospital.

“His lungs have been crushed and the next 48 hours are critical, but he is stable,” said a family member.

Caroline is also understood to have fallen under the truck, but she only suffered superficial injuries and shock.

The children and their mother were walking to the nearby St Benedict’s National School when the incident happened.

A source said a cursory examination of the truck found that there were no technical defects, and the driver was fully co-operating with gardai.

A spokeswoman for the school’s parents’ association said many families use the car park behind a local shopping complex as a route to the two local schools.

“There are 1,200 children that use the schools and there is a problem with articulated lorries and trucks using the car park as a loading bay at the same time.

“There are trucks reversing and parking in the morning as children are trying to get by. It is something that is going to have to be looked at,” she said.

School principal Deirdre Coyle said they were deeply shocked and concerned about the incident.

“Our thoughts are with the family. We have support structures in place to help the children cope with this upsetting experience,” she said.

“We know that a number of pupils witnessed this accident while on their way to school and we are being particularly mindful of these children.”

The Department of Education is advising the school on services it can provide to them.

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