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Friday 23 August 2019

Three-year-old boy dies in tragic farm accident after being hit by low loader

Wexford General Hospital
Wexford General Hospital
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

A three-year-old boy has died in a tragic farmyard accident in Co Wexford.

Gardaí are investigating the incident which occurred at about 4.30pm yesterday at the yard in Carrigabruise, Carlerys Bridge, near Enniscorthy.

The boy received serious injuries when he was hit by what was described as a low loader.

"He was taken to Wexford General Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later," a Garda spokesperson told the Irish Independent.

"Investigations are ongoing."

The Health and Safety Authority is also expected to carry out a separate inquiry.

Local Councillor John O'Rourke last night said the Enniscorthy community was currently "numb" with grief over the death of the child.

"Enniscorthy has experienced a number of deaths in recent weeks and this latest tragedy has really hit everyone to the core," he said.

"I would like to give my deepest and sincerest sympathies to this young child's family who have suffered this unspeakable loss.

"I'm the chairman of a local organisation called Beneath my Angel's Wings, which supports bereaved families. We will of course be supporting the family in every way we can and I'm sure our community will rally together and do the same."

A total of 17 people died in farm accidents in Ireland last year, according to Teagasc - the Agriculture and Food Development Authority.

The overwhelming majority of those who lost their lives were over the age of 65.

In 2017, 24 farmers died in work-related accidents, with 14 of these being aged 65 or older.

Teagasc has called on farmers to make safety a priority during the busy spring period.

Irish Independent

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