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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Toddler dies after being hit by caravan on holiday beach

Adrian Rutherford

A TODDLER has died following a freak accident in which she was struck by a caravan trailer while on holidays.

Erin Thomson (2) was hit by the trailer while playing on a remote beach in Co Mayo.

The little girl from Belfast had been on holiday in the area with members of her extended family when the fatality occurred last Saturday.

Gardai said they were treating it as a tragic accident.

Her family, who are from Gilnahirk Chase in Belfast, were last night being comforted by friends and relatives.

Her grieving parents, Alan and Sonya Thomson , are said to be devastated. Erin is also survived by her baby brother, Scott.

Her remains have been brought back to Belfast ahead of her funeral this weekend.

The accident occurred at a remote beach near Ballycastle on the north coast of Mayo.

It is understood a caravan was reversing when it struck the child, fatally injuring her.

She was taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar but, despite efforts to revive her, the little girl died.

Superintendent Pat McHugh of Ballina garda station said the death was the result of a freak and tragic accident.

"It happened in an instant. The hearts of the local community go out to the family who are devastated by their loss," he added.

It is understood that the family are well-known in Ballycastle, where they have been regular visitors.

One local woman said generations of Erin's family had been coming to the area on holidays for decades.

A post-mortem was carried out at Mayo General Hospital prior to the removal of Erin's body to Belfast and an inquest is to be conducted by Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald, the acting coroner for north Mayo.

Irish Independent

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